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Texas school district's RFID tracking of students goes to court

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A Texas high school sophomore has filed suit against San Antonio's Northside Independent School District, seeking to block her expulsion for refusing to wear a radio frequency identification badge in school. The girl and her parents are claiming the policy is a violation of her First Amendment rights, citing religious beliefs...
Texas school district's RFID tracking of students goes to court
Facebook "likes" aren't speech protected by the First Amendment, rules judge

Man Detained By TSA For Writing 4th Amendment On His Chest Wins 1st Amendment Argument In Court

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Nearly two years ago, we wrote about how Aaron Tobey was suing the US government after he was detained by the TSA for trying to go through airport security without his shirt on, but with a paraphrased version of the 4th Amendment on his chest: At the time, I figured...
Man Detained By TSA For Writing 4th Amendment On His Chest Wins 1st Amendment Argument In Court

School Administrator Brushes Off 'Constitutional Niceties' Like Fifth Amendment Rights For Students

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For many school administrators, the default mode is to limit the rights of students while enforcing very broadly-worded policies. The default mode may start shifting, though, as more courts are reminding administrators that, while students' rights may be more constrained than those of adults, they're not nonexistent. Recently, a court...
School Administrator Brushes Off 'Constitutional Niceties' Like Fifth Amendment Rights For Students

Court Rules Yellow Pages Are Protected Speech

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A couple of years ago, the publishers of a number of phone books in the Seattle area sued the city for passing a new ordinance that required the publishers to pay a fee and subscribe to an opt-out program. The ordinance was implemented to allow Seattle residents to opt-out of...
Court Rules Yellow Pages Are Protected Speech

Texas Municipal Officials Fight 'Open Meeting Act,' Get Shot Down By Fifth Circuit Court

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There's been a whole lot of talk about openness in government, but so far, very little action. Many vague statements and unkept promises have raised the public's expectation of actually being involved, but when push comes to shove, legislators seem much more comfortable doing things the old, closed-door way. The...
Texas Municipal Officials Fight 'Open Meeting Act,' Get Shot Down By Fifth Circuit Court

SF Students Suspended & Barred From Walking At Graduation Because They Joked About Teachers On A Blog

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We just recently talked about the famous Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court ruling that establishes that students have First Amendment rights. Apparently some schools still don't realize this. Thankfully, there are some organizations willing to step in and remind them when they get confused. The ACLU of Northern California...
SF Students Suspended & Barred From Walking At Graduation Because They Joked About Teachers On A Blog

Telecoms firm hails 'significant victory' as judge orders halt to FBI's data demands

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Credo speaks for first time after judge orders US government to stop issuing 'national security letters' to access citizens' dataThe Californian telecoms company behind a stunning legal victory that has blown a hole in the FBI's highly secretive system for collecting US citizens' private data has come out of the...
Telecoms firm hails 'significant victory' as judge orders halt to FBI's data demands

Facebook and the ACLU tell court a "like" is protected speech

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In April of this year, the US District Court of Eastern Virginia decided that liking something on Facebook did not constitute free speech. Now, the five plaintiffs are taking their case to an appellate court, and this time, they have the support of the ACLU and Facebook behind them. The...
Facebook and the ACLU tell court a "like" is protected speech

Appeals court rules Indiana can't ban sex offenders from Facebook

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Today, a federal appeals court struck down a 2008 Indiana law that banned registered sex offenders from using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The challenge was brought by an anonymous Hoosier who is on the state's sex offender registry as a result of a 2000 conviction for...
Appeals court rules Indiana can't ban sex offenders from Facebook

DC Police Chief Lays Down New Cell/Camera Policy: 'Don't Seize. Don't Delete. Don't Interfere.'

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There's a long history of police officers abusing their power to prevent documentation of their actions via cellphones and cameras. For the most part, this has been the norm, rather than being relegated to outlying, "rogue" police departments. Some attempts at "controlling" this interaction have been blatant: illegal seizures of...
DC Police Chief Lays Down New Cell/Camera Policy: 'Don't Seize. Don't Delete. Don't Interfere.'

Hactivists Spoof the New York Times, Mainstream Media Miss the Point

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It was the New York Times op-ed that wasn't. After months of careful planning, Internet activists hailing from WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Yes Men quietly unfurled a very convincing New York Times web page on a lazy Sunday morning. The article fooled everyone for several hours as readers shared it widely...
Hactivists Spoof the New York Times, Mainstream Media Miss the Point

New Evidence: Homeland Security Spied On Peaceful Protestors; Worried About Protests Getting News Coverage

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We just recently had a post on the head of one of Homeland Security's "Fusion Centers" (the same Fusion Centers found by a Congressional investigation to be a near total waste of time and money, finding no terrorists, but violating the public's civil liberties) who claimed that the DHS centers...
New Evidence: Homeland Security Spied On Peaceful Protestors; Worried About Protests Getting News Coverage

Attorney rating service Avvo prevails in libel case, calls it a victory for ‘Web transparency’ and First Amendment

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Mark Britton Calling it a victory for Web transparency and the First Amendment, Seattle-based Avvo today said that a judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled Florida lawyer who claimed that the company’s rating amounted to defamation and false advertising. “We’ve said from the very beginning that we...
Attorney rating service Avvo prevails in libel case, calls it a victory for ‘Web transparency’ and First Amendment

Twitter will appeal order to turn over protester's messages

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Twitter plans to appeal a ruling to turn over the once-public tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct, a case the company says threatens the First Amendment rights of its users....
Twitter will appeal order to turn over protester's messages

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Law Banning Recording The Police

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You may recall that we've been following the ongoing saga of a poorly-written piece of state legislation in Illinois, which would strip citizens of their First Amendment rights if they were to film law enforcement performing their duties. One gentleman was facing a possible 75 years in jail for five...
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Law Banning Recording The Police

North Carolina Tells Blogger That Providing Dietary Advice Is Illegal, Blogger Tells NC To Read The 1st Amendment

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A guy named Steve Cooksey developed Type II diabetes a few years back, and in response ended up embracing a paleolithic diet and exercise regime (something that's increasingly popular these days). It seemed to work quite well for him, and he ended up setting up a website called Diabetes-Warrior.net in...
North Carolina Tells Blogger That Providing Dietary Advice Is Illegal, Blogger Tells NC To Read The 1st Amendment
Inside Verizon’s attack on network neutrality

Anonymous Launches White House Petition Saying DDoS Should Be Recognized As A Valid Form Of Protest

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A few years back, we had an interesting discussion over whether or not distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) could be seen as a valid form of protest -- the modern equivalent of a "sit-in." There are significant similarities between a DDoS and a sit-in. And, we've seen at least...
Anonymous Launches White House Petition Saying DDoS Should Be Recognized As A Valid Form Of Protest

Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer's Loopy Legal Argument Laced With Lifted Language?

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Now here's a weird one. THResq has a report concerning Lindsay Lohan's lawyer in her ridiculous case against the rapper Pitbull. That lawyer has now been accused of plagiarizing most of a recent filing which tried to argue that Pitbull's First Amendment rights weren't an issue in the case. If...
Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer's Loopy Legal Argument Laced With Lifted Language?
Verizon called hypocritical for equating net neutrality to censorship

FBI's demands for private data struck down by federal court

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Judge says national security letters - which allow government to obtain data without citizens' consent - breach first amendmentThe FBI has suffered a dramatic setback in its use of hyper-secret gagging orders in the name of national security to obtain the private data of US citizens, after a federal court...
FBI's demands for private data struck down by federal court

Paul Ceglia's At It Again, Claiming His Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

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Mr. Ceglia. (facebook.com) You’ve got to hand it to Paul Ceglia, the man who would own Facebook. Most people, when charged with criminal fraud by the U.S. government, would abandon the civil lawsuit that got them into trouble in the first place. Not Mr. Ceglia. This onetime wood-pellet salesman is...
Paul Ceglia's At It Again, Claiming His Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

States Continue To Make Photographing Or Taping Farms A Crime

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Over two years ago, we wrote about an absolutely insane proposal in Florida that sought to make it a felony to photograph farms without permission. The bill tried to position it as "protecting farm intellectual property," but everyone knew the real reason: farmers were upset about animal rights activists photographing...
States Continue To Make Photographing Or Taping Farms A Crime

Can a school get your kid's Facebook password? Judge says no

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How far can a school go in punishing students for what they do on Facebook? One Minnesota middle school crossed the line, leading a federal judge to say it violated one girl’s basic rights. The case involves a 12-year-old girl who used Facebook to diss the hall monitor, writing “[I hate]...
Can a school get your kid's Facebook password? Judge says no
Amazon's IMDb wins verdict against 41-year-old actress who sued for revealing her age

Man Detained By TSA For Writing 4th Amendment On His Chest Wins 1st Amendment Argument In Court

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Nearly two years ago, we wrote about how Aaron Tobey was suing the US government after he was detained by the TSA for trying to go through airport security without his shirt on, but with a paraphrased version of the 4th Amendment on his chest: At the time, I figured...
Man Detained By TSA For Writing 4th Amendment On His Chest Wins 1st Amendment Argument In Court
More Post-Newtown Fallout: Gun Owners Vs. Journalists In New York
Facebook "likes" aren't speech protected by the First Amendment-Bland v. Roberts

North Carolina Tells Blogger That Providing Dietary Advice Is Illegal, Blogger Tells NC To Read The 1st Amendment

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A guy named Steve Cooksey developed Type II diabetes a few years back, and in response ended up embracing a paleolithic diet and exercise regime (something that's increasingly popular these days). It seemed to work quite well for him, and he ended up setting up a website called Diabetes-Warrior.net in...
North Carolina Tells Blogger That Providing Dietary Advice Is Illegal, Blogger Tells NC To Read The 1st Amendment
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