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IRS Promises To Abandon Warrantless Email Spying After Public Outcry

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The IRS chief has promised to abandon a controversial policy of snooping emails without a warrant. During congressional testimony, the IRS’s acting commissioner, Steven Miller, said “we intend to do that” after Senator Ron Wyden (CrunchGov Grade: A) asked whether the agency would ditch its warrantless spying policy. The IRS...
IRS Promises To Abandon Warrantless Email Spying After Public Outcry

Appeals Court Holds Firm: The Government Cannot Be Sued For Violating Its Own Wiretapping Laws

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There's more bad news on the Fourth Amendment front as the appeals court reviewing a lawsuit filed against the US government for illegally spying on American citizens has declined to rehear the Al-Haramain case. A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider its August ruling in which it said the...
Appeals Court Holds Firm: The Government Cannot Be Sued For Violating Its Own Wiretapping Laws

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

Now Is The Time To Improve CISPA Before Friday's Vote By Pushing These Critical Amendments

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In Congress, this week is CISPA week. With the bill going up for debate tomorrow, and the final vote scheduled for Friday, it's clear that the voice of the internet community has had an impact. The reps have been proposing their final amendments, and all are clear attempts to address...
Now Is The Time To Improve CISPA Before Friday's Vote By Pushing These Critical Amendments

Obama admin wants warrantless access to cell phone location data

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A Maryland court last week ruled that the government does not need a warrant to force a cell phone provider to disclose more than six months of data on the movements of one of its customers. Two defendants had been accused of armed robbery, and a key piece of...
Obama admin wants warrantless access to cell phone location data
Feds say they can search your laptop at the border but won't say why

Cowards

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Will not one tech CEO stand up and tell the truth? The NSA story of the secret assassination of the Fourth Amendment continues to unfold. Today we heard from Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Page was confused (the title of his post is “What the…?). Zuckerberg...
Cowards

LAPD Joins Feds In Skirting Fourth Amendment With Cell Phone Tracking Devices

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About this time last year, details emerged on a new cell phone tracking device being used by the FBI to triangulate suspects' locations via their cell phone signals. One of these, the StingRay, mimics mobile phone towers, allowing the feds to triangulate someone's position using signal strength. It had been...
LAPD Joins Feds In Skirting Fourth Amendment With Cell Phone Tracking Devices
IRS Doesn't Deny Snooping Emails Without A Warrant

Police allowed to install cameras on private property without warrant

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A federal judge has ruled that police officers in Wisconsin did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they secretly installed cameras on the private property of a defendant without judicial approval. The officers installed the cameras in an open field where they suspected the defendants, Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana,...
Police allowed to install cameras on private property without warrant
Supreme Court says police need a warrant to use drug-sniffing dogs outside homes

Tweet Free or Die: In Defense of Occupy Protester, Twitter Fights the Man

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Taking a bold stance on the privacy rights of its users, Twitter on Tuesday filed a motion to quash a New York state court ruling that would require the company to hand over information on one of its users, Malcolm Harris, in connection with an ongoing investigation. “As we said...
Tweet Free or Die: In Defense of Occupy Protester, Twitter Fights the Man

CISPA passes the House 288 to 127, its future uncertain following the President's veto threat

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We’ve done it again: Today the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) with 288 votes in favor besting 127 votes opposed. Eighteen representatives abstained. That vote tally compares to last year’s vote on the bill, in the previous Congress, in which CISPA passed 248 to 168. Taken another way, following...
CISPA passes the House 288 to 127, its future uncertain following the President's veto threat
Twitter fights back against subpoena of Occupy protester's tweets

'Friends' can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules

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A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so. The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial, comes as courts struggle to define privacy and civil liberties in the age of...
'Friends' can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules

Appeals Court Holds Firm: The Government Cannot Be Sued For Violating Its Own Wiretapping Laws

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There's more bad news on the Fourth Amendment front as the appeals court reviewing a lawsuit filed against the US government for illegally spying on American citizens has declined to rehear the Al-Haramain case. A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider its August ruling in which it said the...
Appeals Court Holds Firm: The Government Cannot Be Sued For Violating Its Own Wiretapping Laws

Twitter argues fourth amendment defence over judge's Occupy order

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Site appeals against court request to hand over details of tweets relating to Occupy activist charged with disorderly conductTwitter has lodged an appeal against a New York judge's decision that it must hand over detailed information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct.In July, Twitter was...
Twitter argues fourth amendment defence over judge's Occupy order

Facebook's Amended S-1 Reveals All Kinds Of Details About The Company (FB)

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Facebook has filed a fourth amendment to its S-1, reports TechCrunch. The amendment reveals that the company has 901 million monthly active users, 500 million of which are on mobile devices. More specifics on its Instagram acquisition have also come to light -- it paid the photo-sharing startup 23 million...
Facebook's Amended S-1 Reveals All Kinds Of Details About The Company (FB)

Judge rules Facebook users can share friends' profiles with the feds

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It's not the backdoor access that the FBI has been pushing for, but US District Judge William Pauley III has now ruled that it and other law enforcement agencies are entitled to view your Facebook profile if one of your "friends" gives them permission to do so. As GigaOm...
Judge rules Facebook users can share friends' profiles with the feds
ACLU: "reasonable suspicion" not good enough for GPS tracking

Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

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  Facebook and Google deserve the criticism they have received over the years for fumbling user privacy. But the two Internet giants, along with Microsoft and Yahoo, also deserve kudos for defying police requests for users' online communications. Defying Federal Law The companies have chosen civil disobedience over following federal...
Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

Your Traitor Facebook Friends Can Now Legally Show Your Profile to the Police

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(Photo: Inquisitr) If you’re not already particularly picky about who you friend on Facebook, you might want to go back and think about rejiggering those privacy settings. According to GigaOm, a New York City federal judge ruled in a recent racketeering trial that it’s legal for police to view your...
Your Traitor Facebook Friends Can Now Legally Show Your Profile to the Police

Finally, A Bill Requires Police Get A Judge's Approval Before They Can See Your Texts Or Location

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A new bill (hopefully) reconciles Fourth Amendment protections and 21st-century search and seizure....
Finally, A Bill Requires Police Get A Judge's Approval Before They Can See Your Texts Or Location

US House moves toward passage of CISPA

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The U.S. House of Representatives moved closer Wednesday toward the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), despite concerns that the cyberthreat information-sharing bill will allow Web-based companies to share a wide amount of customer information with government agencies.The House on Wednesday debated several amendments to...
US House moves toward passage of CISPA

Twitter Appeals Court Decision Against Occupy Wall Street Protester Malcolm Harris

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Twitter just filed its appeal against a New York court decision requiring the company to turn over tweets and account information for Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, who is being prosecuted for allegations of disorderly conduct. According to Twitter’s brief, the New York County District Attorney’s office subpoenaed Twitter...
Twitter Appeals Court Decision Against Occupy Wall Street Protester Malcolm Harris

Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

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Text me. Wait, don't. Not anything too private anyway. That's because if a new proposal is approved by the Senate, each and every SMS message you send will be stored in a digital archive by your phone provider. Why, you ask? It's all in the name of law enforcement being...
Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not

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Last night, the Washington Post published a story that said that, thanks to partnerships with nine Internet companies, the NSA is able to "literally can watch your ideas form as you type." The Post said it had leaked documents that showed Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple all...
It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not

Congress Sets Sights On Fixing Privacy Rights

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The Senate will be taking on much-needed digital rights legislation in the new 113th Congress, including requiring law enforcement to have warrants before poking around online communications. In a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). stressed the need for defending civil liberties, protecting privacy, improving transparency...
Congress Sets Sights On Fixing Privacy Rights
Federal court rules cops can warantlessly track suspects via cellphone

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
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