NSA also spied on several German ministers, media reports say

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has spied not only on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also on numerous high-ranking government members such as the economy and finance ministers, German media reported on Wednesday.

US spy agency wiretapped two French finance ministers: Wikileaks
US spy agency wiretapped two French finance ministers: Wikileaks

The US National Security Agency wiretapped the communications of two successive French finance ministers and collected information on French export contracts, trade and budget talks, according to a report by WikiLeaks.

Germany drops probe into alleged US tapping of Merkel cellphone
Germany drops probe into alleged US tapping of Merkel cellphone

Germany`s chief prosecutor has dropped a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s mobile phone by US intelligence agencies, his office said Friday.

Edward Snowden: World is rejecting mass surveillance

Legislation ending the US government's bulk collection of telephone data is "a historic victory for the rights of every citizen," former intelligence analyst Edward

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, Obama says legislation will protect 'civil liberties, national security'
US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, Obama says legislation will protect 'civil liberties, national security'

The US Senate on Tuesday passed landmark legislation that ends the government’s bulk telephone data dragnet.

Curbing of US spy powers is `historic`: Edward Snowden

Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed as "historic" efforts to end the bulk collection of Americans` phone records, while urging campaigners to go further.

US Senate advances reform bill curbing NSA spy powers

The US Senate on Tuesday advanced a landmark measure that ends the government`s bulk data collection of Americans` phone records, while reauthorizing other surveillance powers that lapsed this week.

US anti-terror spying legality expires

 The legal authority for US spy agencies to bulk collect Americans` phone data has expired after the Senate failed to reach a deal, media reported on Monday.

US Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least for now
US Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least for now

The legal authority for US spy agencies` collection of Americans` phone records and other data was set to expire at midnight on Sunday after the US Senate failed to pass legislation extending the powers.

NSA starts winding down ''controversial'' surveillance programme

The United States` National Security Agency has started to wind down a controversial surveillance programme that allowed bulk collection of phone data to track terrorists in the US.

US Senate blocks bill on NSA's phone records collection

The US Senate has rejected a bill that would curb the country's National Security Agency (NSA)'s bulk collection of telephone data, leaving it uncertain the fate of the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet

 The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans` telephone records.

US house approves shutting NSA's data collection programme

The US House of Representatives has voted to terminate the National Security Agency's telephone data collection programme, declared "illegal" in a federal court last week, Efe news agency reported.

US House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection
US House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection

The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to end the NSA`s dragnet collection of telephone data from millions of Americans, a controversial program revealed in 2013 by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

US cyber commander says hackers to `pay a price`

 The US strategy of "deterrence" for cyber-attacks could involve a wide range or responses, potentially including the use of conventional weapons, the nation`s top cyber-warrior said Monday.

NSA asked Germany to spy on tech giant Siemens: Report

The US intelligence agency NSA asked its German partner service BND to spy on the European country`s engineering and technology giant Siemens, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

US govt calls for progress on reforming NSA's spying tactics

The Obama administration has called on the US Congress to pass a bipartisan law reforming the NSA's spying practises after a court ruled as "illegal" the secretive telephone and Internet surveillance being carried out by the agency.

US appeals court rules NSA bulk data sweep illegal

 A US appeals court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency`s massive collection of phone records of Americans is illegal, saying it exceeds the scope of what Congress authorized.

Merkel defends cooperation with US spy agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the US spy on EU leaders and companies.

Germany closed its eyes to US spying on European firms: Report

The German chancellor`s office has known since 2008 of US economic espionage targeting European companies such as Airbus but did not react, the Bild daily said Monday, citing intelligence agency documents.