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July 3, 2013
Bolivia president's plane rerouted due to Snowden suspicions
With the fugitive whistleblower Snowden suspected of being on board, the private jet of Bolivian president was forced to land as a number of countries in the region refused to allow the plane through its airspace. The plane needed additional fuel as a result of the non-direct route. Officials denied Snowden was on board, which was confirmed after the plane was searched by authorities on the ground.
- Read more: Bolivia president's plane rerouted due to Snowden suspicions (CBS News)
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July 4, 2013
EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements, including passenger flight data
The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that would back the Commission should it wish to suspend data sharing agreements with the U.S., such as the passenger name records system, which the U.S. claims is vital to protecting national security. It follows revelations that the U.S. spied on millions of European citizens.
The parliament's plenary session highlighted the strained diplomatic relationship between the EU and the U.S. over the mass surveillance revelations.
- Read more: EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements (ZDNet)
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July 5, 2013
France has its own PRISM system, says report
Despite concern by many European countries, according to investigative work by French newspaper Le Monde, the country has its own "local" version of the PRISM-like systems. According to the report, the French foreign intelligence agency has been intercepting metadata from phone calls, emails, and Internet activity from domestic services, as well as between France and other countries.
Just like the NSA's version of the program, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo were all named as companies the French were able to tap into.
- Read more: France has its own PRISM system, says report (ZDNet)
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Source: Le Monde