Spain on Monday met US Ambassador James Costos, summoned to explain the latest revelations in a growing scandal over the US snooping on telephone and online communications of ordinary citizens and world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The news emerged as a European Parliament delegation was to begin a three-day mission to Washington to probe the impact of the surveillance on EU citizens' "fundamental rights" and discuss suspending an EU-US agreement on the transfer of bank data in the wake of the scandal.
If you call yourself a hacker online you automatically lose rights under the US constitution, a court has ruled.
The US District Court for the State of Idaho ruled that an ICS product developer's computer could be seized without him being notified or even heard from in court.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, saying that would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed.
A consumer VPN service called CryptoSeal Privacy has shut down rather than risk government intrusions that could cost the company money in legal fees and threaten user privacy.
CryptoSeal will continue offering its business-focused VPN, but the consumer service is done, the company announced:
Chinese telecom firm Huawei continues to try to clear its name and compete as a respected vendor in the worldwide market, after the U.S. House Intelligence Committee last October warned that Huawei poses a security risk. The Committee advised U.S. businesses involved in critical infrastructure, such as financial and utilities, not to use components from Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese firm.