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Chairman of the Join Chief of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey (L) and others clap for General Keith B. Alexander during a retirement ceremony at the National Security Agency March 28, 2014 in Fort Meade, Maryland. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attended the event to mark the retirement of General Keith B. Alexander from the US Army and as head of the National Security Agency, the Central Security Service and U.S. Cyber Command. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Emails give glimpse of Google's work with NSA on security

Freedom of Information Act request reveals notes between then-NSA head and Google bigwigs. But don't expect a smoking gun.

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Tech firms to increase alerts about police requests for data -- report

With bad PR about the NSA still adrift, and an influential privacy scorecard set to be released, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft will expand their notifications, says a report.

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Brazil lays down the law with Internet 'Bill of Rights'

Leading the charge on net neutrality, President Dilma Rousseff signs into law a bill that protects online privacy and promotes an open Internet.

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Lavabit loses appeal on technicality

A federal appeals court tells Ladar Levison, of the now-moribund email service Lavabit, that he didn't clearly articulate the legal issues at stake in his contempt of court appeal.

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Obama reportedly lets NSA keep some security flaws secret

While saying that most vulnerabilities should be revealed, the White House allows some flaws to be kept secret in the event of "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the New York Times reports.

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Report says NSA exploited Heartbleed, kept flaw secret -- but agency denies it

A Bloomberg report says the agency knew about the Heartbleed security flaw that's sent sites like Google scrambling to patch their systems -- but it kept it secret and used it to spy. The agency, however, says that's not so.

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A float displaying giant likenesses of US President Barack Obama (L) and US Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden (R) makes its way during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany on March 3, 2014. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).  AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Snowden to NSA: Go ahead, deny I tried to raise the alarm legally

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the whistle-blower says that before leaking secret documents, he contacted people within the spy agency about its surveillance practices -- and that email records will prove it.

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Supreme Court passes on NSA surveillance case

Supreme Court declines an early look at a challenge to the NSA's bulk collection of American's phone records -- but that doesn't mean it won't hear the case down the road.

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Box's Aaron Levie: We haven't received any NSA requests

With Box heading toward an IPO, the normally gregarious CEO can't say much about anything. But when it comes to the topic of government surveillance and what that might mean for the future of the Internet, he offers a few tidbits.

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US official: The Internet can stand on its own now (Q&A)

Lawrence Strickling, who runs the US government's remaining oversight of the Internet, says it's time to relinquish that role. Snowden didn't push the issue, he tells CNET's Stephen Shankland.

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A float displaying giant likenesses of US President Barack Obama (L) and US Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden (R) makes its way during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany on March 3, 2014. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).  AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

NSA's UK partner targets German companies, says report

A new report out of Germany cites the Edward Snowden documents in saying that the GCHQ spied on German Internet companies. It also offers more info on US monitoring of Germany's chancellor.

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Obama proposes end to NSA bulk data collection

If approved by Congress, the legislation would keep phone records in the hands of phone companies and not with the NSA.

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