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Government wiretapping, Internet security breaches and private enterprise have redefined terms of personal privacy and the amount of data individuals put online. Still, hundreds of millions of individuals trust social networks with their personal data every day.

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2013

According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

While at the EU summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Merkel has been forced to perform a diplomatic balancing act. She must express the appropriate amount of indignation over allegations she was spied on by the US, but she must also avoid alienating her important allies. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]


Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Berlin has reacted strongly to suspicions that US intelligence spied on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone. If the accusations turn out to be true, it will put President Obama in a rather awkward position. By Sebastian Fischer in Washington more... Comment ]

EU's Digital Czarina: Europe Must 'Wake Up' to Tech Shortcomings

EU's Digital Czarina: Europe Must 'Wake Up' to Tech Shortcomings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

As European lawmakers vote on a landmark data protection law, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes tells SPIEGEL that both governments and private companies are disregarding the Continent's out-of-date business models and infrastructure. Interview Conducted by Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]


Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2013

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico. By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

The hacking attack by Britain's GCHQ intelligence service on Belgian telecoms provider Belgacom has angered politicians in the country. Belgium plays host to the EU's top institutions as well as NATO, and Prime Minister Elio di Rupo is considering diplomatic retaliation. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]


Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

A cyber attack on Belgacom raised considerable attention last week. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and seen by SPIEGEL indicate that Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency was responsible for the attack. more... Comment ]

SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying

SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

Revelations the US is spying on international bank transfers have angered European parliamentarians. Some are calling for the suspension of the SWIFT deal between the EU and US. "Washington must make clear where it stands," says one. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]


'Follow the Money': NSA Monitors Financial World

'Follow the Money': NSA Monitors Financial World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions -- sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels, internal documents from the US spy agency show. By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister: 'US Takes Privacy Concerns Seriously'

German Interior Minister: 'US Takes Privacy Concerns Seriously'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

In an interview, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich discusses his confidence in the United States and its claims it is not conducting mass spying on Europe, concerns about Facebook and a determination to continue the fight against terrorism. more... Comment ]