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Stories with subject: Government surveillance
  • Austria files criminal complaint over alleged NSA snooping 
    Updated: May-05-15 2:10 pm

    VIENNA - Austria is asking for a legal investigation of allegations that the German intelligence service helped the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdrop on the country's political leaders.

  • Lawmakers approve controversial surveillance bill in France 
    Updated: May-05-15 12:01 pm

    PARIS - France's lower house of Parliament has approved a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects that has drawn an outcry from advocates of civil liberties.

  • Under-fire German spy chief says his agency not a 'US tool' 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:07 am

    BERLIN - Germany's top spy has rejected opposition charges that the country's foreign intelligence agency acted against national interests in cooperating with U.S. counterparts.

  • House reaches deal on bill to end NSA phone collection 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 1:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency's controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

  • Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 2:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness.

  • Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 11:25 am

    WASHINGTON - Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American.

  • DPS contractor memo described aerial 'spying on Mexico' 
    Updated: Apr-13-15 8:47 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - A former border security contractor in Texas says there was "spying on Mexico" during aerial surveillance missions and urged caution with state officials over that disclosure, though state security officials said the wording was a mischaracterization of the operation, a newspaper reported Monday.

  • France's govt wants emergency surveillance powers 
    Updated: Apr-13-15 1:01 pm

    PARIS - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called Monday for emergency government surveillance powers in case of an exceptional threat, a move prompted by the deadly Paris attacks earlier this year.

  • Baltimore police often surveil cellphones amid US secrecy story has photos
    Updated: Apr-08-15 10:02 pm

    BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Police Department has used secretive cellphone surveillance equipment 4,300 times and believes it is under orders by the U.S. government to withhold evidence from criminal trials and ignore subpoenas in cases where the device is used, a police detective testified Wednesday.

  • Senate creating secret encyclopedia of US spy programs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-08-15 5:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Trying to get a handle on hundreds of sensitive, closely held surveillance programs, a Senate committee is compiling a secret encyclopedia of American intelligence collection. It's part of an effort to improve congressional oversight of the government's sprawling global spying effort.

  • Secrecy, surveillance threaten democracy, says Greenwald 
    Updated: Apr-08-15 1:10 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - Glenn Greenwald argued at the University of Utah on Tuesday that when a national surveillance agency's motto is "collect it all," a country is closer to tyranny than freedom.