At the Hackers on Planet Earth X (HOPE X) conference held this weekend in New York, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called for hackers, coders and developers to "help build a better future by encoding our rights into the programs and protocols upon which we rely everyday." He was talking about encryption, but also about "padded protocols" that would prevent intelligence agencies from discovering who was talking to who by analyzing Internet traffic, and mixed routing.
Verizon will no longer provide internet services to a number of German government departments, as their contract has been cancelled as part of a restructuration of the federal government's interdepartmental communication network.
The nine judges of the US Supreme Court have unanimously ruled that law enforcement officers can't search the contents of an arrested individual's cell phone(s) without a search warrant.
Researchers from Russian AV company Kaspersky Labs and the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto have released details about the mobile surveillance tools provided by Hacking Team to governments, intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world.
A successful legal challenge has forced the UK’s top counter-terrorism official to reveal the (until now) secret government policy that allows the GCHQ to intercept British residents' emails, text messages, and communications sent via Facebook and other social networking sites and webmail services, as well as web searches made via Google - all without needing a warrant.