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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The rules will replace outdated legislation that has been in effect for more than 15 years, and not protected against unlawful third-country transfers of European citizen data.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
October 24, 2013
Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders
The same day as the White House made reassurances to the German government's leader, new leaks appeared to disprove what the U.S. had initially claimed, specifically that it wasn't tapping into the phones of world leaders. According to the new reports, more than 200 phone numbers were handed over by a U.S. official, including almost three-dozen numbers belonging to prime ministers, presidents, and heads of state.
But the surveillance turned up "little reportable intelligence" on the 35 world leaders whose phones were tapped into by the U.S., the documents showed.
- Read more: Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders (ZDNet)
(Source: The Guardian)
Image: U.S. Embassy in Berlin