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EFF Gets Secret Interpretation Of FISA Spying Law... And It's Almost Entirely Redacted

Leader in IMAGiNE Piracy Ring Receives Longest Sentence Yet For Movie Piracy

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Information freedom view of piracy explained. (Memerial.net) Portsmouth, Virginia resident Jeramiah Perkins may have just received the longest prison sentence yet for movie piracy. Mr. Perkins, age 40, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for leading IMAGiNE, a movie piracy ring with a reputation for often being first...
Leader in IMAGiNE Piracy Ring Receives Longest Sentence Yet For Movie Piracy

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

Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

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European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

UK's data breach fines dissected

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A freedom of information request suggests public sector bodies are more likely to attract data breach fines than private firms....
UK's data breach fines dissected

Terrorists And Pedophiles Get More Protection In UK Than Guy Who Hosted Links To TV Shows

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For a while now, we've been following the ridiculous story of Richard O'Dwyer, the student in the UK who the US is trying to extradite to face criminal charges, all because he created a website where people linked to streaming TV shows (some legal, some not). At no time did...
Terrorists And Pedophiles Get More Protection In UK Than Guy Who Hosted Links To TV Shows

Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers

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What a surprise: the U.K. government was forced to reveal under Freedom of Information laws that more than 1,000 civil servants have "snooped" on British citizens' private data. [Read more]...
Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers
Gov't didn't shut down cell networks in Boston--but it could have

Late Internet activist Aaron Swartz to receive the James Madison Freedom of Information Award

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Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren announced that she will award Internet activist Aaron Swartz, posthumously, the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. Aaron Swartz’s early demise by suicide, which followed intense prosecution of his online work, sparked a storm of criticism; his family and former partner have been vocally active in placing...
Late Internet activist Aaron Swartz to receive the James Madison Freedom of Information Award
FOIA with friends: social platform Nulpunt looks to abolish government secrecy

Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration

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Chinese economics magazine Caijing reported today (link via Google Translate) that the National People’s Congress is considering a new law that would require Internet users who wish to register services to use their real names. While the Chinese government says the legislation will “safeguard” Internet users from defamation, fraud and...
Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration

Aaron Swartz's family condemns MIT and US government after his death

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Internet activist killed himself a month before going on trial for what family calls 'an alleged crime that had no victims'The family of celebrated internet activist Aaron Swartz has accused prosecutors and MIT officials of being complicit in his death, blaming the apparent suicide on the pursuit of a young...
Aaron Swartz's family condemns MIT and US government after his death

House To Vote On FISA Amendments Act, Despite Not Even Knowing How It's Being Interpreted

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This is getting more ridiculous by the day. We've been covering how the NSA refuses to admit how many Americans are being spied upon via a secret interpretation of the FISA Amendments Act -- and how Congress' response is to pretend that as long as they stick their head in...
House To Vote On FISA Amendments Act, Despite Not Even Knowing How It's Being Interpreted

Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

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Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are among the thousands of sites monitored for suspicious activity by the Department of Homeland Security, and the government agency was recently forced to tip its hand. As part of a freedom of information request made by watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center,...
Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

Too Much Secrecy: Press Ask The Court To Open Up Bradley Manning Court Martial

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As the case against Bradley Manning moves forward, the government is doing what it always seems to do: trying to keep everything secret. However, over 30 news organizations have now asked the armed forces appeals court to open up, allowing public access to motions, briefs and written rulings associated with...
Too Much Secrecy: Press Ask The Court To Open Up Bradley Manning Court Martial

Facebook: Proposed EU 'right to be forgotten' raises "major concerns" over freedom of expression online

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It’s no secret that Facebook has been lobbying against proposed European online privacy legislation, but now thanks to a Freedom of Information request made by the Europe vs Facebook campaign, we can see exactly what issues the company objects to. Back in January this year, European Commissioner, Viviane Reding outlined proposals for a...
Facebook: Proposed EU 'right to be forgotten' raises "major concerns" over freedom of expression online

Government Can Keep Key Emails With Hollywood Lobbyists About 'Six Strikes' Secret

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While we keep hearing folks in the entertainment industry and their supporters in DC talk about how great it is that the "six strikes" "Copyright Alert System" (CAS) was a "voluntary" agreement between industry players, one of the worst kept secrets in the world was that the White House was...
Government Can Keep Key Emails With Hollywood Lobbyists About 'Six Strikes' Secret
Facebook deletes European facial recognition data, satisfying German privacy agency

In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 89% of Those Arrested for Jaywalking Are Black

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The power and promise of open data: A Freedom of Information Act request puts some numbers behind the charges of police discrimination....
In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 89% of Those Arrested for Jaywalking Are Black

BP subpoenas researchers’ emails regarding oil spill work

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A central issue during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the estimation of the volume of oil released. Scientists and staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) were called upon by both BP and the US Coast Guard, which requested help in analyzing the spill, and providing an estimate...
BP subpoenas researchers’ emails regarding oil spill work
New York newspaper posts map with names and addresses of handgun permit owners

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

U.S. Terror Agency to Tap Citizen Files

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Through Freedom of Information Act requests and interviews with officials at numerous agencies, The Journal has reconstructed the clash over the counterterrorism program within the administration of President Obama....
U.S. Terror Agency to Tap Citizen Files

Hamburg's Data Commissioner Doesn't Want To Let Facebook Off The Hook On Facial Recognition

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Earlier today European regulators collectively scored a victory for privacy when the Irish Data Protection Commissioner revealed it had managed to get Facebook to drop all facial recognition activity on its platform, as part of a wider investigation and process to get Facebook more in line with EU regulations —...
Hamburg's Data Commissioner Doesn't Want To Let Facebook Off The Hook On Facial Recognition
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages

Oppose CISPA If you value any privacy in our digital world | Dan Gillmor

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Cyber-security is a real problem, but Congress' latest CISPA bill tries to solve it by attacking the freedom of the internetIf you are eligible to vote in the United States, please take a break from whatever you're doing today and call your member of the US House of Representatives. Tell...
Oppose CISPA If you value any privacy in our digital world | Dan Gillmor

The White House opens the data floodgates, and now the real work will begin

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President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order making open data the default policy for the federal government. This is a hugely significant move, although one that can and will have its openness and thus, significance, chipped away over time. But it’s a good start. While we may never get...
The White House opens the data floodgates, and now the real work will begin
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages

Emergency ambulance calls made in Northern Ireland: mapped

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Through a freedom of information request journalist Kathryn Torney received details of over 200 thousand calls for ambulances in Northern Ireland between 2010-11. Here's the data and what we found • Get the dataA database of 215,349 emergency calls made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) during 2010 and...
Emergency ambulance calls made in Northern Ireland: mapped

Attempt to grab climate scientists' e-mails rejected by Virginia Supreme Court

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The climate researcher Michael Mann last worked at the University of Virginia in 2005, but his past employment has continued to haunt him. Virginia's attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli decided that, in the wake of some of Mann's work e-mails being released, he'd like to see more of them. So,...
Attempt to grab climate scientists' e-mails rejected by Virginia Supreme Court
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