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October 21, 2013
NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails
Next in line to face the NSA's snooping powers is Mexico's president Felipe Calderon, whose email account was reportedly breached by the U.S. government.
The NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division was successful in compromising an email server within the Mexican presidential network. Cabinet members were also reportedly affected by the breach. The NSA said in the slides it now has access to "diplomatic, economic, and leadership communications.
- Read more: NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails (ZDNet)
Image: European Union
Source: Der Spiegel
October 21, 2013
EU lawmakers OK beefing up data protection laws
European Parliament members approved new data protection rules that outlaw data transfers to the U.S. that could be used for surveillance purposes. After 18 months of lobbying and negotiations, the Civil Liberties Committee voted almost unanimously to adopt the motion.
The rules will replace outdated legislation that has been in effect for more than 15 years, and not protected against unlawful third-country transfers of European citizen data.
- Read more: EU lawmakers OK beefing up data protection laws (CBS News)
Image: European Parliament/Flickr
October 24, 2013
Merkel to Obama: Are you tapping my phone?
The aftermath of the spying scandal in Germany percolated all the way to the top of the country's political elite. Chancellor Angela Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama to seek assurances that the U.S. government did not tap her phone. Merkel, a heavy mobile phone user, said should the reassurances be false or inaccurate, it would be "completely unacceptable" for allies to be spying on their friends.
- Read more: Merkel to Obama: Are you tapping my phone? (ZDNet)
Image: U.S. Dept. of State