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04 Jul 21:55

European Parliament votes to investigate US surveillance of EU residents

by Jon Fingas

European Parliament votes to investigate US surveillance, may suspend data agreements

Not surprisingly, the European Parliament isn't happy to hear that the NSA and other US agencies are allegedly snooping on communications in Europe and elsewhere. It isn't just complaining loudly, however -- the Parliament just voted 483-98 in favor of a resolution that will investigate US surveillance activities in Europe and report on their impact before the end of the year. The measure also asks EU officials to consider limiting the data they voluntarily provide to American authorities, such as shutting down programs that forward air passenger and bank records. There's nothing in the resolution that would immediately affect the EU-to-US communication pipeline, but that could change in half a year -- US intelligence outlets may not get their European information served on a silver platter for much longer.

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Via: ZDNet

Source: European Parliament

11 Jul 22:15

NSA taps Skype chats, newly published Snowden leaks confirm

by Julian Sanchez

Skype audio and video chats, widely regarded as resistant to interception thanks to encryption, can be wiretapped by American intelligence agencies, according to a new report in The Guardian. The report appears to contradict claims by Microsoft that it has not provided the contents of Skype communications to the government.

In a story published Thursday, based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Guardian offers some detail about extensive cooperation between the FBI, the National Security Agency, and Microsoft to enable government access to user communications via the intelligence tool known as PRISM. That cooperation included, according to the leaked NSA documents, enabling access to Outlook.com e-mails and chats, the SkyDrive cloud storage service, and Skype audio and video calls.

The Guardian hasn't published the documents on which this story is based but has instead quoted from them.

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03 Jul 00:30

Carbon capture to biofuel process gets go-ahead

by Richard Chirgwin

Algae.Tec signed up for Bayswater facility

An Australian company is planning to install a carbon capture system that will turn a coal-fired power station into a biofuel production facility.…