They're baaack: More NSA and UK PRISM news, plus Google vs. Oracle [Government IT News]

We have a new white-as-the-driven-Snowden story on the NSA, the UK's equivalent of the denied-but-not-forgotten PRISM program, a white hot (yet ultimately ridiculous) battle between Google and Oracle, and lots more from around the world.

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Internet agency ICANN to escape US control
The head of the agency entrusted to essentially run the internet has said that the group is on course to break free of US oversight late next year.

NSA 'Core Secrets' leak points to spies working within companies
The latest Snowden leaks suggest the NSA has access to well-placed staff whose mission is to infiltrate companies to gather secret and sensitive corporate data.

Meet the UK's PRISM program
British police can access millions of UK mobile customers' data without a warrant.

Oracle v. Google could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court
Google has petitioned the highest court in the country to overturn a previous appeals court ruling favoring Oracle, which in itself overturned a mixed bag of district court rulings that primarily sided with Google.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Google grants one third of 'right to be forgotten' requests
Google has published statistics on how it's handing delinking requests under Europe's 'right to be forgotten'.

Foreign fighters bill gives ASIO more metadata, computer access
Australian Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Vivienne Thom has warned that the definition of 'security' in new legislation is so broad that allowing ASIO powers to access metadata and computers for security reasons can cover more than ever.

Accenture tapped to design NZ tax department transformation
Accenture has beaten Capgemini to design the Inland Revenue Department's transformation as the NZ$1.5 billion project steps up a gear.

Australian competition regulator warns of split issues
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said that splitting its regulatory functions into two entities could impact the regulation of telecommunications and the NBN.

Smartphones 'remotely wiped' in police custody, as encryption vs. law enforcement heats up
British police are warning that smartphones in custody for forensics and ongoing investigations are being remotely wiped, potentially killing vital evidence.