How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

We found that over a decade, 101 million arrest records and 45.7 million mugshots will be posted to the internet, at no cost, by police departments and local jails.It’s legal for local governments to post police and court data under public records laws and Constitutional guarantees.

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Today, we are at a jurisprudential inflection point as courts grapple with when and how the Fourth Amendment should apply to the data generated by technologies like cell phones, smart cars, and wearable devices.In Carpenter, the Court considered how the Fourth Amendment applies to location data generated when cell phones connect to nearby cell towers.

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday in a case about what counts as an "automatic telephone dialing system" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.The Supreme Court said in the ruling that Facebook's text alerts about suspicious login attempts do not qualify as robocalls deemed illegal under that act.

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Facebook to intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit charging the company with illegally tracking the online activities of its users even when they are not on the platform.

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

The justices declined to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that revived the proposed nationwide litigation accusing the company of violating a federal law called the Wiretap Act by secretly tracking the visits of users to websites that use Facebook features such as the “like” button.

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

Swedish ISP Telia has handed over more information about its customers to so-called copyright troll law firms than any other in the country.In 2020, law firms acting for these so-called copyright trolls obtained permission to force Swedish ISPs to hand over the personal details of subscribers behind 46,200 IP addresses.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic Evidence Secret from Defendants

Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic Evidence Secret from Defendants

EFF teamed up with the ACLU of Pennsylvania to file an amicus brief arguing in favor of defendants’ rights to challenge complex DNA analysis software that implicates them in crimes.The court correctly determined that this secrecy interest could not outweigh a defendant’s rights and ordered the code disclosed to the defense team.

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

“Today’s federal court ruling allowing California to enforce our net neutrality law is a huge victory for open access to the Internet, our democracy, and our economy.

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

"[I]t is our understanding that the Carpenter decision concerned historical Cell Site Location Information which is distinct from the opt-in app data available on the Venntel platform," the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently told the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in response to a query about the use of commercial databases such as Venntel.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

New Spotify patent would use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent.New York, Washington, and Virginia are three states that are expected to pass privacy bills this coming legislative session.

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit urging the court to hold that under the First Amendment public schools may not punish students for their off-campus speech, including posting to social media while off campus.

You can now access blockchain domains using any web browser

You can now access blockchain domains using any web browser

Check out our list of the best web hosting services availableHere's our list of the best crypto exchanges out thereWe've built a list of the best business web hosting services right nowWith the new system in place, however, users can enter .crypto addresses into their browser just as they would with any other domain extension (.com, .net, .org etc.

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

Now that the government officially doesn’t need a warrant to do a digital search on your phone or other devices whenever you cross the United States border, remember to be extra vigilant when crossing the border.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

South Africa first ruled to ban internet mass surveillance in 2019 but the decision was appealed by the Minister of State Security.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Instead of trading at 39 exchanges around the world, as he had claimed, Qin spent investor money on personal expenses and to invest in other undisclosed high-risk investments, including initial coin offerings, prosecutors said.

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

EncroChat’s instant messaging service was used by criminals around the world before it was hacked by French police.In a victory for prosecutors in their fight against organised crime the Court of Appeal ruled that communications obtained by French police by hacking into mobile phones were lawfully obtained.

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

Highest Court in South Africa reaffirms previous decision against bulk surveillance.This court decision from the highest court in South Africa came about as a result of the Minister of State Security appealing a previous decision from 2019 by a lower court that had already declared bulk surveillance unlawful .

Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police

Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man accused of murder is entitled to review proprietary genetic testing software to challenge evidence presented against him.

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

The minister of state security had appealed an earlier high court judgment on the legality of bulk communication surveillance The concourt held that section 2 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act of 1994 is ambiguous, and should be interpreted in a manner that best promotes the right to privacy, and does not contradict the prohibition of communication interceptions without interception directions contained in Rica, the legislation that governs the lawful interception of communications.

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

In an important victory, an appeals court in New Jersey agreed with EFF and the ACLU of NJ that a defendant is entitled to see the source code of software that’s used to generate evidence against them.

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

In a memo sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and obtained by The New York Times, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted that it buys location data from brokers — and that the data isn’t separated by whether a person lives in the US or outside of it.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

The United Kingdom (UK) High Court has ruled that the country’s security and intelligence agencies can no longer use “general warrants” as legal writ for property interference, aka hacking.

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A divided three-judge panel of the Third Circuit took a different approach, announcing a categorical rule that would seem to limit the ability of public schools to address many kinds of disturbing speech by students on social media, including racist threats and cyberbullying.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

A new research paper from the International Monetary Fund identified fintech trends that are coming to our world – including the formal suggestion that in the future, a person’s credit score could be determined by internet history and even the device used to access the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.