Latest Government surveillance News

France dismisses Snowden's latest request for asylum

Sep. 19, 2019 4:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape U.S. prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs....

Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for...

Snowden calls on France's Macron to grant him asylum

Sep. 16, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in...

Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

Sep. 13, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid...

Poland pressured to say if it bought Israeli phone spyware

Sep. 4, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government came under pressure Wednesday to clarify whether it has purchased sophisticated and potentially illegal phone surveillance technology that has been used to stifle dissent in other countries. Opposition lawmakers asked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki whether the...

Activist loses UK court case on police facial recognition

Sep. 4, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Wednesday that a police force's use of automated facial recognition technology is lawful, dealing a blow to an activist concerned about its implications for privacy. Existing laws adequately cover the South Wales police force's deployment of the technology in a trial,...

Greece to tighten borders, speed asylum-seeker deportations

Aug. 31, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister and his national security advisers decided Saturday to transfer refugees from overcrowded migrant camps on its eastern islands to the mainland and accelerate the deportation of rejected applicants for asylum without giving them the right to appeal. The Greek...

AI-powered cameras become new tool against mass shootings

Aug. 30, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

Paul Hildreth peered at a display of dozens of images from security cameras surveying his Atlanta school district and settled on one showing a woman in a bright yellow shirt walking a hallway. A mouse click instructed the artificial intelligence-equipped system to find other images of the woman, and it...

Kristen Stewart wants to elevate Jean Seberg beyond haircut

Aug. 30, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Kristen Stewart only knew Jean Seberg as an image. The picture of the waif with the pixie haircut and the New York Herald Tribune shirt embodied the effortless chic associated with the ingénues of the French New Wave. But behind the haircut and her improbable ascent from obscurity...

The Latest: Hong Kong protest winds down after clashes

Aug. 24, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A large group of protesters has largely dispersed in Hong Kong after engaging in clashes with police for the first time in nearly two weeks. Riot officers used tear gas and nonlethal rounds Saturday after protesters took over a...