Data surveillance powers unlawfully wide, court told

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Communications services can be told to collect metadata Powers used by the security services to “Hoover up” communications data from most people in the UK, even those not suspected of an offence, are “too wide” and invade privacy, a court has heard. Civil rights group Liberty is challenging the government at the High Court over how the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) – dubbed the…

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Huawei smartphone sales hit amid US curbs

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Huawei is the world’s second largest maker of smartphones Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said international sales of the Chinese telecoms giant’s handsets have sunk 40% in the past month as a US-led backlash against the firm intensifies. Speaking at the firm’s headquarters, Mr Ren also said the company would slash production by $30bn (£23.9bn). Last month, the US put Huawei on a list…

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Hacker conference speaker axed over abortion views

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Mr Hurd won criticism from cyber-security professionals over his voting record on women’s rights A US politician has been removed from the list of speakers at the Black Hat hacker conference following protests over his views and voting record. Republican Will Hurd was due to be a keynote speaker at the high-profile conference in Las Vegas in August. His inclusion prompted protests and threats…

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