An Austrian student's legal battle against Facebook, accusing it of helping the US security service to collect personal data, suffered a setback after a Vienna court rejected his case on procedural grounds, both sides have said.
The US National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande according to WikiLeaks, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.
Britain has been forced to remove some of its spies after Russia and China accessed the top-secret raft of documents taken by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, British media have reported.
Hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by US intelligence and military personnel for security clearances that could potentially expose them to blackmail, the Associated Press reported last night.
Google has increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.