Snowden, surveillance and the Smurfs

Edward Snowden’s first British TV interview was broadcast on the BBC‘s Panorama, and he had some interesting things to say about surveillance techniques and the role of GCHQ. He also said he had offered “many times” to return to the US and face jail, but was “waiting for a response from authorities.”

“So far, they’ve said they won’t torture me, which is a start,” he said.

On surveillance measures possible in the UK, veteran interviewer Peter Taylor writes:

The former intelligence contractor told the BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.

Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in.

The UK government declined to comment.

On Tuesday morning, meanwhile, the European Court of Justice ruled that an agreement which allows US companies to use the same standard of consumer privacy and data storage in Europe is illegal.



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At the Tory conference, a metaphor…


Finally, I’ll just leave this here. Make of it what you will…



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The US Congress is reviewing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, amid renewed opposition on both sides of the aisle.





Big story brewing involving the structure of daily fantasy sports games, according to the New York Times.

Nate Silver has some observations on his timeline.



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