A group of civil rights organizations in Germany are awarding Edward Snowden with a prize for whistleblowing. They decry his treatment by the US and want Germany to offer him aslyum.
Winners of this year's Alternative Nobel Prize have been honored. Awards went to advocates of two communities threatened by climate change, as well as a gay rights campaigner and an Italian surgeon working in war zones.
The European Parliament has called for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition. The American surveillance whistle-blower was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after exposing mass surveillance by the US.
NSA spying triggered a severe backlash from the German public, further damaging the US' reputation. But the BND has also been found with dirt on its hands. Spying among friends is not such an unusual practice in Berlin.
Microsoft's European clients will be able to use its cloud data storage services without the information ever leaving Germany. Service is aimed at privacy-sensitive clients wary of US intelligence agencies snooping.