China on Saturday adopted a new counterespionage law to beef up its national security by granting sweeping powers to security agencies in the backdrop of revelations of cyber-snooping by US NSA Contractor Edward Snowden.
Norway`s intelligence services said it - and not the US National Security Agency, as reported in a Norwegian newspaper - kept records on more than 33 million phone conversations over the space of one month last winter, Oslo said on Tuesday.
The US needs to tighten privacy laws to rebuild trust, damaged during the National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping scandal, as the issue has already put Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations in jeopardy, an EU official has said.
Top US intelligence officials appeared at a congressional hearing on Tuesday amid a public uproar that has expanded from anger over the National Security Agency collecting the phone and email records of Americans to spying on European allies.
In a bid to cool down the increasing global outrage over the NSA surveillance, the White House has admitted that there were "constraints" needed to be exercised on the data gathering practices by the US intelligence.