Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

On January 18, the government issued a new order relaxing the ban a teeny-weeny bit by allowing people in two districts of the Valley to access a limited number of “whitelisted” sites on post-paid mobile connections at 2G speed.

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

This is the key part of the legal argument: “The provisions of the directive will not apply to activities which are intended to safeguard national security and are undertaken by the public authorities themselves, without requiring the cooperation of private individuals and, therefore, without imposing on them obligations in the management of business” (UK Case C-623/17, paragraph 34/79).”.

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

The FBI asked Apple this week to help extract data from iPhones that belonged to the Saudi aviation student who investigators say fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida last month.

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

according to the AG [Advocate General] the DPC [data protection commissioner in Ireland] must stop the EU-US data transfers of Facebook, once it took the view that US law violates EU fundamental rights.

The Delhi Police must stop it's facial recognition system

The Delhi Police must stop it's facial recognition system

As per a report published yesterday in the Indian Express, the Delhi Police is using a “Automated Facial Recognition System” (AFRS) at public congregations.The software for the facial recognition system as per the Indian Express report was sourced from M/s Innefu Labs Private Limited which claims on its website offers various law enforcement solutions.

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

The lawsuit alleges that, as a manufacturer of security products, Ring failed to meet its „most basic obligation by not ensuring its Wi-Fi enabled cameras were protected against cyber-attack.“ It also argues that Ring and Amazon sought to avoid responsibility by blaming users for not implementing proper security measures despite knowing the risks of not requiring things like two-factor authentication.

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

TorrentFreak writes that what API is trying to protect here are its monetary interests related to unauthorized copying and sale of the industry standards that the association produces.API's DMCA application, that has now been approved, said the copyrighted standards – described as a valuable asset – are available to download without permission.

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

In a decision [PDF] that could put an end to a practice that civil-liberties groups have decried as illegal for years, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit noted that the way the Feds today use a database of seized communications “would be at odds with the bedrock Fourth Amendment concept that law enforcement agents may not invade the privacy of individuals without some objective reason to believe that evidence of crime will be found by a search.”.

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

C19-1911 MJP INTERNATIONAL INC, 11 ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S Plaintiff, EX PARTE MOTION FOR 12 EXPEDITED DISCOVERY v.22 // 23 // 24 // ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S EX PARTE MOTION FOR EXPEDITED DISCOVERY - 1 Case 2:19-cv-01911-MJP Document 5 Filed 12/10/19 Page 2 of 2 1 The clerk is ordered to provide copies of this order to all counsel.

My Family Story of Love, the Mob, and Government Surveillance

My Family Story of Love, the Mob, and Government Surveillance

Such “backup,” I came to realize, was a crucial element in a recurrent pattern in the history of government surveillance: The executive branch, responsible for security, employs the latest technology against an enemy within, and in the process, it often quietly bends or breaks the law; after scandalous revelations, it secures new legislation to put the surveillance practices on a sounder legal footing; finally, a “new normal” is established before the cycle begins anew.

German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten'

German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The man complained in 2009 after seeing articles detailing his crimes A German man convicted of murder in 1982 has the right to have his name removed from online search results, Germany's highest court has ruled.

Analysis: Dotcom Appeal Dismissed

Analysis: Dotcom Appeal Dismissed

The court ruled as follows: “[72] Having assessed the disputed communications, we find that GCSB’s claim that disclosure would harm national security and international relations is well-founded.

Suspect can’t be compelled to reveal “64-character” password, court rules

Suspect can’t be compelled to reveal “64-character” password, court rules

Writing for the majority in a ruling handed down on Wednesday, Justice Debra Todd wrote: Based upon these cases rendered by the United States Supreme Court regarding the scope of the Fifth Amendment, we conclude that compelling the disclosure of a password to a computer, that is, the act of production, is testimonial.

Location data: How much do wireless carriers keep?

Location data: How much do wireless carriers keep?

But the primary way iOS 13 and Android 10 do that – a notification to warn that one application or another has been getting your location when you weren’t using that app – only tells part of that privacy story.

Facebook admits to circumventing GDPR

Facebook admits to circumventing GDPR

The group, led by privacy advocate Max Schrems, sought to prove that Facebook was deliberately circumventing GDPR and continuing to process users PII.

Victory: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Police Can’t Force You to Tell Them Your Password

Victory: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Police Can’t Force You to Tell Them Your Password

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a forceful opinion today holding that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being forced to disclose the passcode to their devices to the police.

Cops put GPS tracker on man’s car, charge him with theft for removing it

Cops put GPS tracker on man’s car, charge him with theft for removing it

A little more than a year ago, the state of Indiana charged a suspected drug dealer with theft for removing a government-owned GPS tracking device from his SUV.The case began in July 2018, when the Warrick County Sheriff's Office got a warrant to attach a GPS tracking device to Derek Heuring's car.

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

This court decision comes as a result of years of hard work by the ACLU, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the EFF on behalf of eleven international travelers who had been the recipient of suspicionless device searches when entering the United States.

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

BOSTON — In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court in Boston today ruled that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

In the United Kingdom, Artificial Lawyer spoke to human rights campaigners on updates on their court cases against British police forces over their use of FRT.The efforts above range from limited bans within the public sector, to reviews of new implementations of the tech, to specific court cases against police use of FRT.

Mass cellphone surveillance experiment in Spain

Mass cellphone surveillance experiment in Spain

This is just a first warning for Spanish citizens: if there is no strong backlash, the next experiment will maybe work with some personal identifiable data, "just to improve the accuracy of results".

Pilots Watched Video Feed of Lavatory From Cockpit, Flight Attendant Says

Pilots Watched Video Feed of Lavatory From Cockpit, Flight Attendant Says

But on Saturday, the airline said it would “vigorously defend the lawsuit,” claiming that it had investigated the allegations at the time of the alleged incident, in February 2017, and had found no hidden camera.“We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

Australia's regulator to take Google to court over data privacy

Australia's regulator to take Google to court over data privacy

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit against the local unit of Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday, alleging that the company misled smartphone users on how it collected, kept and used personal location data.

ACCC slams Google over location data in the Federal Court

ACCC slams Google over location data in the Federal Court

"We are taking court action against Google because we allege that as a result of these on-screen representations, Google has collected, kept and used highly sensitive and valuable personal information about consumers' location without them making an informed choice," Mr Sims said.

Cops Need a Warrant to Access Your Car's Data, Court Rules

Cops Need a Warrant to Access Your Car's Data, Court Rules

The court’s ruling is the first time a state Supreme Court has recognized the potential danger to privacy and constitutional rights created by allowing access to car data without judicial oversight.

LinkedIn Asks Court To Reconsider Decision Allowing HiQ To Scrape Data

LinkedIn Asks Court To Reconsider Decision Allowing HiQ To Scrape Data

The ruling, issued last month by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, requires LinkedIn to allow publicly available data about its users to be scraped by hiQ.

South African court rules that mass surveillance by the government is illegal

South African court rules that mass surveillance by the government is illegal

Previously, the South African government has used a law called RICA (Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act 70 of 2002) to justify mass surveillance programs.

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected LinkedIn’s effort to stop a San Francisco company from using information that users of the professional networking website have deemed public.