Julian Assange is trying to help Edward Snowden claim asylum

The Snowden affair is reviving Cold War politics

American suspicions of Russia have reignited in wake of the whistleblower's flight

Police inquiry into health watchdog 'cover-up'

Police are investigating whether any criminal offence was committed during an alleged cover-up at the health watchdog. Cumbria Constabulary said it would examine a report, which detailed how officials may have suppressed a damning internal review into inspections at Furness General Hospital.

Google ordered to delete data collected by Street View cars

Camera vehicles collected information from unsecured WiFi networks

Charles Saatchi with his wife, Nigella Lawson, in March last year

What Nigella-gate tells us about public and private space

Those who would shame a man on the street might not react the same if they witnessed a celebrity argument. That's a depressing reality for women in the public eye

Google was ordered to pay a $7m (£4.6m) fine and agreed to destroy emails, passwords and browsing histories collected as Street View cars surveyed neighbourhoods in the US between 2008 and 2010

France leads European round of attacks against Google's privacy policy

National privacy commission threaten fines of up to €300,000 if policies are not changed within 3 months.

Gabriel Weinberg is the CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't track its users.

An interview with DuckDuckGo CEO on the future of anonymous searching

Gabriel Weinberg tells us why he thinks people are turning away from Google

Use of 'anonymous' search engine rockets following PRISM scandal

DuckDuckGo, a search site that does not track its users, announced traffic has nearly doubled

Google founder Sergey Brin (L) adjusts a pair of Project Glass glasses on designer Diane von Furstenberg. REUTERS/Carlo

International group of Privacy Commissioners challenge Google over Glass

Countries including Canada, Israel and Australia write a letter to Larry Page over privacy concerns for Google Glass

Charleigh-Jade Disbrey who was killed by a high-speed train in a suspected suicide

Boy and girl, aged 18 and 15, killed in Hertforshire by high-speed train in suspected suicide

Two teenagers died last night after being hit by a high-speed train in Hertforshire, in a suspected suicide.

A Yahoo! out front of their headquarters in California. REUTERS/Kimberly White

Prism scandal latest: Yahoo reveals 12,000 requests for users' data from US government, following lead of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft

Figures show that law enforcement made over 12,000 requests between December 2012 and May 2013

Paul Gascoigne attends a match at his former club, Tottenham Hotspur

Former football star Paul Gascoigne sues the Daily Star over 'drugs madness' video

He denies the paper's claim that he injected cocaine

Cyber Culture: If Al Capone had a digital money reserve...

The chances are that the recent shutdown of the payment service Liberty Reserve didn't impinge much on your consciousness, unless you have a habit of making no-questions-asked transactions online.

William Hague says he has a ‘high level of confidence’ that British spies do not ‘indiscriminately trawl’ through people’s emails

Prism scandal: Foreign Secretary William Hague's vagueness on US spying fails to reassure MPs and public over covert GCHQ deal with NSA

Civil liberties groups say Government’s approach to secrecy is similar to that of China

Woman's body found on beach

Police searching for a missing woman have discovered a body on a beach.

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital on an earlier stay

Nelson Mandela back in hospital with 'serious' lung infection

Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in a “serious but stable” condition as a result of a lung infection.

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable