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Laptop tracking programme goes awry

b>PHILADELPHIA/b>: A suburban school district here snapped secret webcam pictures of a high school student when he was partially undressed or sleeping in his bed, and captured instant messages he exchanged with friends, the student charged in court papers.


US Supreme Court to hear violent videogame case

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday about the federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on violent games, marking the first time a case involving the interactive medium itself has gone before the Supreme Court.


Bitter struggle over Internet regulation to dominate summit

An unprecedented debate over how the Internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai.


US senator seeks review of Patriot Act amid surveillance report

Senator Mark Udall says another look at the law is warranted as reports of data collection has stirred debate over privacy rights in the US.


NSA collected 56,000 e-mails by Americans a year: documents

The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 e-mails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011 in a programme that a secret US court subsequently said may have violated US law and the Constitution, according to documents released on Wednesday.


US judge says phone surveillance programme likely unlawful

The US government's gathering of Americans' phone records is likely unlawful, a judge ruled on Monday, raising "serious doubts" about the value of the National Security Agency's so-called metadata counter terrorism programme.


US judge orders NSA to stop collecting phone metadata

A US federal judge dealt the NSA its first legal blow, ordering it to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs' personal phone calls and to destroy their calling history records.


France expands Internet, phone monitoring powers

France expanded the government's powers to monitor phone and Internet connection data without judicial review as a last-minute opposition attempt to block the move failed to gather support.


Syrian Electronic Army says hacked into Skype's social media accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit on Wednesday for hacking into the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype.


Skype says user information safe in Syrian Electronic Army hack

A day after the Syrian Electronic Army said it had hacked into Skype's social media accounts, the Internet calling service acknowledged on Thursday it had been hit with a "cyberattack" but said no user information was compromised.