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How Washington DC Went From Locking Up Laws To Releasing Them In The Public Domain Within Days

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In past years we've had stories about both Oregon and California claiming copyright over their own laws, which is ridiculous. If copyright is supposed to be about the incentives for creative expression, then it should have nothing to do with lawmaking at all. It's not as if the state needs...
How Washington DC Went From Locking Up Laws To Releasing Them In The Public Domain Within Days
DHS Says Agent 'Hunches' Trump Citizens' Rights In Searching Your Computer At The Border
The IRS may take your emails without obtaining a warrant first

Homeland Security: Not Searching Your Laptop Doesn't Benefit Your Civil Liberties, So We Can Do It

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We've written many times over the years concerning the legality of Homeland Security searching your laptop at the border without reasonable suspicion. Many courts have held that, effectively, the 4th Amendment does not apply at the border, so they don't need a warrant to search your laptop. However, they've been...
Homeland Security: Not Searching Your Laptop Doesn't Benefit Your Civil Liberties, So We Can Do It
Who are the doctors most trusted by doctors? Big data can tell you

Court Says State Department Can Live In Fantasyland & Pretend Documents Leaked By Wikileaks Are Still Secret

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We've talked about the problem in which classified documents that are leaked and widely available to the public are still considered classified by the government, even though the concept is ludicrous. It leads to absolutely ridiculous situations, such as government employees not being able to look at documents available on...
Court Says State Department Can Live In Fantasyland & Pretend Documents Leaked By Wikileaks Are Still Secret

New Documents Show That Feds Share License Plate Scanning Data With Insurance Firms

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It's one thing for governments to make use of license plate scanning equipment to catalog what cars are crossing their borders. But it takes it to a whole different level to then share that data with insurance firms. However, it appears that's exactly what the US government is doing. A...
New Documents Show That Feds Share License Plate Scanning Data With Insurance Firms
No One Is Talking About The Insane Law That Lets Authorities Read Any Email Over 180 Days Old

US can continue to withhold embassy cables already on WikiLeaks

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In a summary judgement, a federal judge ruled (PDF) on Monday that the United States government can continue to classify and redact 23 embassy cables that have already been released in their entirety by WikiLeaks. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had previously filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
US can continue to withhold embassy cables already on WikiLeaks

Chicago School System On FOIA Requests: Stonewalling, Obfuscation, & Paper-Shredding

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If you're a government with something to hide, there are plenty of shady ways to handle Freedom of Information Act requests. You can make sure your organization is legally allowed to carry guns and simply refuse, like the NYPD. You can also make a big deal about how requests...
Chicago School System On FOIA Requests: Stonewalling, Obfuscation, & Paper-Shredding

US Gov't Tops Itself In Waiting Years Before Responding To FOIA Requests With Nothing

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The Freedom of Information Act is a key element of maintaining government transparency... in theory. In practice, however, those on the receiving end of these requests do everything in their power (and some things lying outside their power) to endlessly delay their responses, or simply hand over page after...
US Gov't Tops Itself In Waiting Years Before Responding To FOIA Requests With Nothing

FBI Still Doesn't Think It Needs A Warrant To Read Your Email, Despite Court Ruling To The Contrary

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The ACLU has continued its campaign to explore whether or not the government gets a warrant before scouring your email. Last month, they discovered that the IRS doesn't believe in getting a warrant -- leading to the IRS promising to change that policy. Now they've received some documents from the...
FBI Still Doesn't Think It Needs A Warrant To Read Your Email, Despite Court Ruling To The Contrary

Mesa County Police Have Been Using Drones For Years, Still Coming Up With Rules On Use

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The march towards drones becoming a common tool for domestic law enforcement agencies seems inevitable and some people aren't happy about it. We've already covered the backlash against one artist who satarized New York City's drone program. San Diego, for their part, valiantly refused to honor an FOIA request on...
Mesa County Police Have Been Using Drones For Years, Still Coming Up With Rules On Use

If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

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There have been numerous attempts by various parties (including, in a few cases, the EFF) to sue the US government concerning various aspects of its warrantless spying on Americans. Pretty much all of these cases end up failing, often for reasons that are suspect. However, it appears that the EFF...
If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

Silicon Valley Tech Cos Are Desperately Trying To Conceal How Many Minorities They've Hired (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)

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Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Microsoft, seem to be actively trying to hide how many minorities work for them. In a one-and-a-half year long investigation, CNNMoney probed 20 of the most influential technology companies in the U.S., CNNMoney's Julianne Pepitone reports. But in the end,...
Silicon Valley Tech Cos Are Desperately Trying To Conceal How Many Minorities They've Hired (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)

US Marine Corp. Provides Music In Response To FOIA Request, But Warns That Publishing It May Infringe On Copyrights

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A few months ago, we wrote about a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Muckrock for the backing tracks recorded by the US Marine Corp. band for use during the Presidential inauguration. As was pointed out at the time, under US copyright law, works produced by federal employees...
US Marine Corp. Provides Music In Response To FOIA Request, But Warns That Publishing It May Infringe On Copyrights

New Documents Show That Feds Share License Plate Scanning Data With Insurance Firms

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It's one thing for governments to make use of license plate scanning equipment to catalog what cars are crossing their borders. But it takes it to a whole different level to then share that data with insurance firms. However, it appears that's exactly what the US government is doing. A...
New Documents Show That Feds Share License Plate Scanning Data With Insurance Firms
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages
The DOJ Just Trolled the ACLU By Sending Them a Completely Blacked Out FOIA Request
Feds Tried To Destroy All Evidence Of Memo Saying They Were Committing War Crimes With Torture

Bus company that threatened redditor with lawsuit tries to reopen suit

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Remember the bus company owner who threatened to sue a redditor for libel, sued a customer for complaining about offensive comments made by a driver, and filed over 100 lawsuits against passengers for "liquidated damages" over issues like handing over the wrong printed ticket for a round trip or...
Bus company that threatened redditor with lawsuit tries to reopen suit

Texas Senator Wants To Know Whether Prosecutors Were Going After Aaron Swartz For Political Retaliation

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A top Senate Republican is suggesting the federal government harshly prosecuted Aaron Swartz because the Internet activist asked for too much information. After Swartz killed himself last week in his New York apartment, his family said prosecutors' criminal hacking case spurred the 26-year-old to take his own life. But Texas...
Texas Senator Wants To Know Whether Prosecutors Were Going After Aaron Swartz For Political Retaliation
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages

Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

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A couple of months ago, Julian Sanchez wrote about the ridiculous situation in which he filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to reveal the latest semi-annual report from the Justice Department concerning how it was implementing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. As we've been discussing, for a...
Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

Blowback From Publication Of Gun Owner Data Continues -- Threats, Lawsuits And Rejected FOIA Requests

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The battle over the privacy of gun owners continues in New York. Last week, the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News secured the names and addresses of gun owners in two New York counties, publishing the information as an interactive map and framing the "story" as a public service -- information...
Blowback From Publication Of Gun Owner Data Continues -- Threats, Lawsuits And Rejected FOIA Requests
License plates scanned at border, data shared with car insurance group

Blowback From Publication Of Gun Owner Data Continues -- Threats, Lawsuits And Rejected FOIA Requests

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The battle over the privacy of gun owners continues in New York. Last week, the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News secured the names and addresses of gun owners in two New York counties, publishing the information as an interactive map and framing the "story" as a public service -- information...
Blowback From Publication Of Gun Owner Data Continues -- Threats, Lawsuits And Rejected FOIA Requests

Federal Agents Quietly Using Social Media

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SpuriousLogic passes along this excerpt from the ChiTrib: "The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter, too. US law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according...
Federal Agents Quietly Using Social Media

Supreme Court rules states can limit FOIA requests to their own citizens

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled (PDF) that states can limit their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to only citizens of that state. The unanimous decision is a significant setback to journalists and researchers who use the tool to gather information from public agencies. Ars and dozens of...
Supreme Court rules states can limit FOIA requests to their own citizens
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