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`US surveillance hampering work of journalists and lawyers`

The United States` large scale surveillance programme is hampering the work of US-based journalists and lawyers, a report jointly prepared by two human rights groups said.

Top tech executives meet Obama to discuss surveillance issue

US President Barack Obama has met six technology executives to discuss government surveillance and privacy concerns, amid fears that NSA spying is undermining one of the country`s most vital industries.

IBM says it has not given client data to the US government

IBM is one of several U.S. tech companies hit by the growing government spying scandal.

US to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

The move "marks the final phase of the privatisation" of the Internet domain system, a statement said.

US lawmakers say Snowden was `helped` by foreign power

Edward Snowden may have acted in concert with a foreign power in exposing US surveillance programs, two Republican lawmakers suggested today.

Snowden revelations may lead to spying curbs: Experts

The most serious rebuke to the NSA came Wednesday from a panel of establishment figures named by the White House to review the surveillance operations that mushroomed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

No better way to protect US than surveillance: NSA

The NSA chief said he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the US from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.

Govt awaiting US response over intelligence surveillance

The government on Wednesday said it was awaiting a "substantive" response from the US over the reports of American intelligence surveillance over Indian Embassy in Washington and its Mission to the UN in New York as revealed by whistle blower Edward Snowden.

US tech companies call for more controls on surveillance

In an open letter to US President Barack Obama and Congress, the companies said recent revelations showed the balance had tipped too far in favor of the state in many countries and away from the individual.

EU demands protection against US data surveillance

The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States` law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the US surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

EU urges US legal redress to protect personal data

The EU pressed US politicians Tuesday to give EU citizens the right to legal redress to protect their personal data, after US spying revelations soured ties with major allies.

US snooping: Spy chief defends spying on foreign leaders

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, on Wednesday defended the decision of the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls of foreign leaders and said that it was imperative to keep a watch on their intentions.

EU executive wants 'strong, united' stand on US spying

The EU's executive Thursday said the latest reports of covert US surveillance in Europe showed it was time for "a strong and united" stand on data protection.

US carrying out surveillance over India: CPI MP

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta claimed that the US was carrying out surveillance over India which amounted to "serious infringement" of its political sovereignty.

US spying: Brazil moves to secure Internet systems

Kerry responded by conceding that Brasilia was owed answers from Washington and would get them.

Snowden spilled secrets to `fearless` journalists

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said in an interview released he chose to divulge details of a vast US surveillance effort to journalists who reported "fearlessly" on controversial subjects.

US House votes to continue surveillance program

The US House of Representatives narrowly approved continuing the National Security Agency`s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans` phone records after a fierce debate.

US surveillance, Syria at issue on defense bill

The authority of the National Security Agency to collect phone records of millions of Americans sharply divided members of Congress on Tuesday as the House pressed ahead on legislation to fund the nation`s military.

German intelligence used NSA programme to spy on citizens

Germany`s two main intelligence services used a special surveillance programme of the US to collect vast amounts of communications data.

Protest rally at suspected German NSA site

German police say several hundred people staged a protest at a suspected US surveillance facility near Frankfurt.