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Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

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The Supreme Court thought it settled the issue in January, but the debate over warrantless GPS searches won't go away.  Now, one U.S. senator is concerned that the Department of Justice hasn't fully scaled back its searches and may be subpoenaing ISPs for the GPS data it can no...
Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon said charging for cellphone wiretaps

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Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) disclosed the on wiretapping by law enforcement agencies taking place in the US. The information, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, while quantifying the extent to which the practice takes place, also reveals it as a lucrative business for the...
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon said charging for cellphone wiretaps

Forget SOPA, You Should Be Worried About This Cybersecurity Bill

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While most folks are looking elsewhere, it appears that Congress is trying to see if it can sneak an absolutely awful "cybersecurity" bill through Congress. We've discussed how there's been some fighting on the Senate side concerning which cybersecurity bill to support, but there's a similar battle going on in...
Forget SOPA, You Should Be Worried About This Cybersecurity Bill

Virginia Court Says Court Was Wrong To Force Woman To Change Yelp Review

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We've seen a bunch of stories over the years about local businesses upset about critical online reviews on sites like Yelp and Angie's List. Sometimes these business owners go to court, but rarely get very far. However, in a hearing last month, a court in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction,...
Virginia Court Says Court Was Wrong To Force Woman To Change Yelp Review

Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

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Free speech groups say the bill – which Obama has vowed to veto – hands US authorities too much power to use private dataFree speech advocates are calling for the Senate to block controversial cybersecurity legislation they claim will give the US authorities unprecedented access to online communications.The House of Representatives on...
Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

Cellphone industry opposes California location privacy bill

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On Tuesday, the California Senate Public Safety Committee is hearing arguments on the California Location Privacy Bill (SB 1434). It's a new bill that would provide more consumer protection for law enforcement access to mobile phones. As currently written, it would require a warrant before police gain access to location...
Cellphone industry opposes California location privacy bill

The ACLU blasts CISPA's passage, calling it 'extreme' over lax privacy safeguards

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CISPA passed less than an hour ago in the House on a vote of 288 to 127. Its opponents are already vocalizing their discontent. The ACLU is out with a sternly worded statement, reiterating its opposition to the bill. The group publicly attacked the bill before its passage. In the...
The ACLU blasts CISPA's passage, calling it 'extreme' over lax privacy safeguards

Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

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We've pointed out that the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (along with its secret interpretation), look likely to get renewed before the end of the year. Senator Wyden is willing to drop his hold, but if he doesn't get certain amendments in, he wants to limit the length of the extension...
Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act
Validity of human gene patents upheld in Federal Appeals Court ruling

Supreme Court Won't Hear Case On Legality Of Retroactive Immunity For Telcos

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Well, this is unfortunate. Late last year, the 9th Circuit appeals court -- as part of a series of cases concerning warrantless spying on Americans -- decided that the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) passed by Congress in 2008 was not unconstitutional in granting telcos retroactive immunity for carrying out government...
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case On Legality Of Retroactive Immunity For Telcos
Gov't agrees to destroy data seized in political interrogation at airport

Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

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Yesterday TNW brought you the news that the Secure IT Act, one of the leading cybersecurity bills in the US Senate, had been revamped to, in theory, address the concerns of privacy advocates and consumer groups. TNW was skeptical that the changes would settle those issues. Essentially, the changes to...
Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

Speak Out Against CISPA: Join The Twitter Campaign And Contact Your Representative

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On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee released a new draft of CISPA, the dangerous cybersecurity bill that threatens to give the government access to huge amounts of personal data. Despite small improvements in some areas, the bill still has huge problems and lacks adequate privacy safeguards—and the House is going...
Speak Out Against CISPA: Join The Twitter Campaign And Contact Your Representative

Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

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You may recall that in its quixotic attempt to go after Wikileaks, the US government has been snooping through the private communications of a bunch of folks they're trying to connect to the organization, including Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and Jacob Appelbaum, who gets detained and harassed every time he...
Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

If There Needs To Be An Investigation, It Should Be About Why The FBI Was Reading Certain Emails

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While some have noted the irony of General Petreaus being taken down due to online surveillance methods that he should have been aware of, the case is bringing growing attention to an issue many of us have been discussing for a while: how easy it is for law enforcement to...
If There Needs To Be An Investigation, It Should Be About Why The FBI Was Reading Certain Emails

New Cybersecurity Bill May Actually Take Privacy Concerns Seriously

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After all the concerns raised about CISPA and other cybersecurity legislation, Senators Lieberman and Collins introduced a heavily revised version of their cybersecurity bill. The entire thing is an insane 211 pages, but as a first pass, the ACLU (who has been highly critical of nearly all previous proposals) sounds...
New Cybersecurity Bill May Actually Take Privacy Concerns Seriously

Feds say they can read your email

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Documents obtained by the ACLU reveal that government policy on email snooping is confusing. FORTUNE -- Newly released documents show that the FBI and some U.S. Attorney's offices have created justifications to support their contention that they don't need a warrant to read citizens' private emails. The American Civil Liberties...
Feds say they can read your email
Petraeus downfall illustrates scope of feds' e-mail snooping powers

Lawsuit challenges Prop 35's Internet registration rules

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Californians, including adult prostitutes, convicted of indecent exposure and other sex-related crimes must now register "Internet identities" with police. ACLU and EFF say that's unconstitutional. [Read more]...
Lawsuit challenges Prop 35's Internet registration rules
ACLU appeals for greater transparency on drone killings

Addressing Hateful And Libelous Internet Speech In The Post Juicy Campus Era

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ContentsBlock the sitePursue the perpetratorsJuicy Campus is gone, but other sites have taken its place as a hub for anonymous slander around college campuses. Intentional or not, the conversation at these sites tends toward abusive, with successive commenters attempting to one-up each other with each insult. Students targeted by...
Addressing Hateful And Libelous Internet Speech In The Post Juicy Campus Era
Taming of the shrewd: can the ACLU free Android from carrier control?

Take a crack at it: The top 10 stories you may have missed this week

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Security was a big theme this week, with researchers finding another critical Java vulnerability as well as a command-and-control setup called "Red October" that has been spying on governments. Google also tackled new approaches to the password, using a physical cryptographic card. Our stories this week were wide-ranging, however, so check...
Take a crack at it: The top 10 stories you may have missed this week

Brussels, London And Berkeley: Some Upcoming Events

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Here's a quick rundown on some upcoming events I'm involved in, leading off with a very exciting keynote brainstorming workshop at the INNOVATE / ACTIVATE conference in Berkeley on April 21st. As some of you know, we've run a bunch of brainstorming workshops either at our own events or as...
Brussels, London And Berkeley: Some Upcoming Events

ACLU Sues Over Student Airport Detention

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ACLU Sues Over Student Airport Detention

Key email privacy amendment up for debate in Senate this Thursday

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The Senate is set to take up discussion on an amendment relating to email privacy this Thursday, taking to task a key issue that balances individual privacy and needs of law enforcement. Late last week, controversy regarding email privacy legislation exploded after a report in CNET indicated that work that had been intended as strengthening protections...
Key email privacy amendment up for debate in Senate this Thursday

Judge Quickly (But Temporarily) Blocks New CA Law That Takes Away Anonymous Speech Rights

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So, we had just written about the unfortunate (if expected) news that voters in California had overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure which (among other things) would take away anonymous speech rights from anyone on the state's sex offender list (which could include things like people arrested for urinating in public,...
Judge Quickly (But Temporarily) Blocks New CA Law That Takes Away Anonymous Speech Rights

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

Twitter Apparently Not Handing Over Jack Without A Search Warrant

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(Photo: Scott Beale, Laughing Squid) When last we checked in with the legal struggle over Occupy Wall Street and Twitter accounts, it didn't look great for anyone looking to keep their DMs out of court. At issue: The state wants data associated with a protestor charged with disorderly conduct. A...
Twitter Apparently Not Handing Over Jack Without A Search Warrant

ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured

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Smartphones with custom versions of Android offered by large mobile operators in the U.S. are not getting security updates as regularly as phones from Google, or smartphones from other vendors like Microsoft, according to a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Federal Trade Commission....
ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured
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