About: Edward Snowden

Global Europe 31-05-2021

US security agency spied on Merkel, other top European officials through Danish cables

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has used a partnership with Denmark's foreign intelligence unit to spy on senior officials of neighbouring countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Danish state broadcaster DR.
Digital & Media 25-04-2017

Brazil unveils undersea cable link to Europe

Europe and Brazil will be linked by an undersea fibre optic cable by 2019. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the link symbolises the ties between the two continents. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Digital & Media 23-01-2017

Snowden lawyers explore EU asylum options

Edward Snowden has asylum in Russia until 2020 but his lawyers have said it's time EU countries “pay back” for exposing the extent of American snooping by giving him legal protection.
Digital & Media 13-09-2016

French terror investigators grapple with Telegram app

Smartphone app Telegram, favoured by the Islamic State group thanks to the encrypted messaging it offers, is proving a headache for French anti-terror investigators.
Digital & Media 14-01-2016

European court’s blow to Hungary could draw similar privacy complaints

The blow dealt to Hungary's surveillance practices this week by the European Court of Human (ECtHR) Rights could usher in a wave of similar rulings from around the EU.
US Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has met several times with MEPs in the LIBE committee to talk about US-EU data sharing
Digital & Media 29-09-2015

US slams ECJ advisor’s Safe Harbour opinion

The US government has reacted sharply to the ECJ advocate general's recent opinion on the EU-US data sharing agreement Safe Harbour, criticising its “numerous inaccurate assertions about intelligence practices of the United States”.
The 27-year-old Austrian activist Max Schrems' case against Facebook resulted in an ECJ advocate general ruling Safe Harbour invalid
Digital & Media 23-09-2015

EU legal advisor brands Safe Harbour data sharing with US illegal

An ECJ advocate general issued an opinion this morning (23 September) calling the EU-US Safe Harbour data sharing agreement legally invalid.
Global Europe 11-09-2015

Nemtsov and others nominated for Sakharov prize

Assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukraine military pilot held on murder charges by Moscow, and jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi were shortlisted yesterday (10 September) for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Digital & Media 15-12-2014

Belgian press reveals British hacking of Belgacom

The hacking of computers at Belgian telecom Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by British intelligence agency GCHQ, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday (13 December).
Digital & Media 10-12-2014

Personal data protection is a ‘fundamental right’ in Europe

Europe's data protection authorities have laid down their guiding principles for the use of European citizens' personal data, in a joint statement that describes data protection as a fundamental right. EURACTIV France reports
Trade & Society 09-12-2014

NSA’s surveillance a ‘trade barrier’ for EU companies

The US National Security Agency's mass surveillance is a trade barrier for European Internet companies trying to provide services in the United States, a top EU official said yesterday (8 December).
Former German Defence Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg. [Deutsche Telekom]
Digital & Media 05-11-2014

One million cyber attacks a day on Deutsche Telekom network

Nine out of ten companies in Germany are targeted by hacker attacks, driving loud calls for a “cyber-EU” that is also able to "deter" terrorists. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has suggested Snowden should return to the United States, setting off sharp criticism in the Bundestag's opposition parties. 2012 [SPD Saar/Flickr]

German minister under attack over Snowden remarks

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas has advised US whistleblower Edward Snowden to return to the United States, sparking outrage from opposition parties in the Bundestag. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Minister of Internal Affairs Thomas de Maizière attends a round table with IT experts in Washington D.C. [German Embassy to the United States]
Digital & Media 27-06-2014

US-German ‘cyber dialogue’ begins amid spying tensions

Germany has called for global standards to protect people’s privacy on the Internet in the run-up to a "cyber dialogue" opening in Berlin today (27 June), less than a year after US intelligence services were caught red-handed tapping Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 23-04-2014

US to surrender control of ICANN

A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of US spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought, after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control.
Digital & Media 13-02-2014

Media freedom watchdog defends the Guardian against government pressure

Europe's main media freedom watchdog told Britain today (12 February) it believed that political pressure applied to the Guardian newspaper over its handling of leaked intelligence data could have a "chilling effect" on independent journalism.
Digital & Media 05-02-2014

German authorities sued over illegal spying allegations

Civil rights groups filed criminal complaints in several EU member states on Monday (2 February), accusing government officials and secret service leaders of taking part in or aiding illegal intelligence activities, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 03-02-2014

US spied on UN climate summit, NSA leaks show

EU commissioners and experts expressed bewilderment after "worrying" revelations on Thursday (30 January) that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on heads of state during the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009.
Global Europe 31-01-2014

European Greens nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

The Green group in the European Parliament has nominated whistleblower Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, on the last day before a deadline for nomination expires tomorrow (1 February).
Digital & Media 10-12-2013

Web giants hit back at US surveillance

Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call yesterday (9 December) for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furore over online surveillance.
Digital & Media 06-12-2013

Leading MEP claims Snowden willing to testify before Parliament by video link

Green German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht claimed yesterday (5 December) that Edward Snowden, the whistleblower and key actor in the NSA scandal, is willing to testify before the European Parliament.

Germany calls in British ambassador over spy claims

Germany on Tuesday (5 October) asked the British ambassador to come to the foreign ministry to discuss a newspaper report that a covert spying station was operating in Berlin with hi-tech equipment mounted on the embassy roof.

Germany ‘sees no reason’ to offer asylum to Snowden

An increasing number of German public figures are calling for Edward Snowden to be offered asylum in the country, but Berlin maintains that the conditions for granting the whistleblower refuge remain unfulfilled, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 25-10-2013

Germany, France demand ‘no spying’ agreement with US

On the first day of the EU summit yesterday (24 October) German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.