The various Snowden leaks have revealed widespread spying by the United States government, with various tech companies and service providers being compelled to aid in these surveillance practices. It is for this reason the German government has elected to drop Verizon as its ISP of choice.
The Australian government is looking to enact a mandatory data harvesting requirement for ISPs and phone service providers, something that will be proposed in a bill set to be submitted in the near future. This will come alongside another bill being prepped that will give the government expanded surveillance authority.
It could be a privacy advocate's worst nightmare, but soon the city of Chicago will have lamp posts that are aware not just of its surroundings but also of the people that pass by it. However, in theory, the sensors on these posts will only be taking in environmental data and human numbers to aid the city government in urban planning and nothing else.
The Department of Justice has announced the arrest of a member of hacking collective NullCrew, Timothy Justin French. NullCrew is the self-proclaimed group behind some well-known cyberattacks, including some that resulted in the theft of data. French, who is 20-years-old, went by variations of the name "Orbit" and "crysis".
Factions have split over surveillance technology like facial recognition, with some welcoming it and others expressing concern about its use, particularly in light of leaks alleging the NSA is mass collecting images in relation to it. The technology served a valid purpose in recent times, however, leading to the first arrest in Chicago based off of its use.
If you remember the terribly executed healthcare.gov website, you may also remember the frustration from both users and site administrators. Urged to sign up, many users were simply unable to. The fix came, months later, but nobody was really pleased with the whole charade. A newer, easier to use site is incoming, though, which should thwart any future disasters.
In October 2013, The Washington Post reported on an analysis of documents obtained from Edward Snowden in which details about the NSA's interception of Google and Yahoo data transmissions were revealed. Among the information were a couple slides that were revealed, one in particular that was said to have riled Google workers.