Latest Government surveillance News

Swiss detail extra security measures for Biden-Putin summit

Jun. 11, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities plan to temporarily restrict airspace over the city of Geneva and to deploy up to 3,000 troops and police officers as part of extra security for the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden next week. ...

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

Jun. 08, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service. ANOM, a...

Supreme Court agrees to hear 2nd 'state secrets' case

Jun. 07, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a lawsuit can go forward in which a group of Muslim residents of California allege the FBI targeted them for surveillance because of their religion. It's the second case the court has accepted for...

Denmark: Ties with allies not hurt by alleged US eavesdrop

Jun. 03, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has solid relationships with its allies, including France and Germany, that do not need to be restored, its prime minister said after reports that the country allegedly had helped the United States spy on European leaders more than seven years ago. ...

Question for Denmark: Why could the US allegedly eavesdrop?

Jun. 01, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several European nations want Denmark to explain why its foreign secret service allegedly helped the United States spy on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than seven years ago. “We want the cards on the...

Court: UK mass surveillance unlawful under European rules

May. 25, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Tuesday that British mass surveillance and intelligence-gathering practices breached human rights laws, in a partial victory for civil rights groups that had challenged the practices exposed by former National Security Agency contractor...

Police: Maryland man killed 3 neighbors, set house ablaze

May. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WOODLAWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who neighbors said had a long history of aggression went on a rampage over the weekend, shooting or stabbing three people to death and setting his home on fire before responding officers fatally shot him, police said Sunday. A news...

States push back against use of facial recognition by police

May. 05, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have used facial recognition technology to solve homicides and bust human traffickers, but concern about its accuracy and the growing pervasiveness of video surveillance is leading some state lawmakers to hit the pause button. ...

Steep drop in national security surveillance during pandemic

Apr. 30, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of targets of secretive surveillance in national security investigations fell sharply last year in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government report released Friday. The drop in eavesdropping targets under the...

Report: Boris Johnson's phone number was online for 15 years

Apr. 30, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government downplayed allegations Friday of a security risk after it was reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cellphone number was openly available on the internet for 15 years. Celebrity website Popbitch revealed that the number was...