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October 11, 2013
Skype faces fines in Luxembourg probe over NSA links
Luxembourg-based Skype, which was implicated in the PRISM surveillance scandal, is under investigation by the country's data protection officials over its connections to the U.S. intelligence agency.
The Microsoft-owned company could face administrative and criminal sanctions in the country, which may include a ban on secretly handing data over to the U.S. government. That is, however, unless it is uncovered that Luxembourg's judiciary didn't sanction it in the first place.
- Read more: Skype faces fines in Luxembourg probe over NSA links (…only if the courts didn't sanction it first) (ZDNet)
Source: The Guardian
October 14, 2013
Deutsche Telekom to foreign secret services: 'Eyes off our internet!'
Germany's telco giant Deutsche Telekom spearheaded efforts to keep local Internet traffic inside the country following the spate of leaks that left German citizens vulnerable to U.S. snooping. The company said it found it "deeply frustrating" that it didn't know to what extent its networks were being monitored by foreign secret services.
The plan would essentially help keep user data within the country. Exactly how the company plans to do this remain on the most part unclear.
- Read more: Deutsche Telekom to foreign secret services: 'Eyes off our internet!' (ZDNet)
Image: Deutsche Telekom
October 15, 2013
NSA, Australian intelligence agencies rifle through users' address books
New PRISM slides were released outlining the scope and scale of data collection of personal information. It was reported that the NSA is vacuuming up email and instant message address books that are sent around the Internet. The fresh leak shows U.S. and Australian intelligence agencies have targeted the address books belonging to users of Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, and Facebook. This data is stored across multiple government-owned databases.
It also came at a time when, amid earlier reports the intelligence agency takes in about 29 petabytes of data each day, the NSA has a "spam" issue.
- Read more: NSA, Australian intelligence agencies rifle through users' address books (ZDNet)
Image via The Washington Post
Source: The Washington Post