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Snowden a 'human rights defender,' say European politicians
Government-secret leaker Edward Snowden should be granted protection because his leaks were in defense of human rights, the European Parliament said in a symbolic vote Thursday.
In a 285-281 vote, the parliament passed a nonbinding resolution that called on European Union member states to protect Snowden from "extradition or rendition by third parties" because of "his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender."
The resolution also asks EU countries to drop any criminal charges against Snowden. Read more...
Senate passes controversial cybersecurity-cyberspying bill 74-21
The Senate overwhelming approved the so-called Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Tuesday. The measure would allow companies to share consumers' data with the US government in the event of security breaches or cyber attacks—all in the name of cybersecurity.
Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, had declared the measure—which now goes to a conference committee between the House and Senate—a "surveillance bill." In essence, the measure provides corporate America with legal immunity when sharing data about hacks and digital breaches with the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...