EPIC Supports Constitutionality of "Robocall" Law

EPIC has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a case concerning the constitutionality of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the law the prohibits unwanted "robocalls." In Gallion v.

NH judge orders Amazon to give Echo recordings in murder case

NH judge orders Amazon to give Echo recordings in murder case

A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over recordings that might have been captured by an Echo smart speaker in the Farmington house where two women were stabbed to death in January 2017.

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

If it is retained, use by criminals is not the only risk: the authorities may demand legal access in order to use that data as they wish, including against the person who caused it to be stored.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

How to painlessly remember your passwords – Data Driven Investor – Medium

How to painlessly remember your passwords – Data Driven Investor – Medium

Hence, that example satisfies all requirements for creating a secure password to have upper, lower case letters, special character and number and in the same time noticeably effortless to remember the phrase, today’s computer technology will require at least 550 years to crack that password!

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices, in an internet privacy case involving Google(GOOGL.O), disagreed on Wednesday over whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that awards money to charities and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing.

A new standard for government based data collection – PrivaSecTech

I would like to see every government organization publish whom they have shared personal information with. In summary, related to the specific case at hand, I feel that StatsCan like every other organization in Canada, including political parties, should be bound by privacy laws.

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

But in the ongoing mail bomb case, use of mail covers is probably justified and in line with regulations, says Steven Morrison, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota, who was the author of a 2015 report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers calling for greater oversight of the program.

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

In a landmark case, NLA v Meltwater, heard in the UK’s Supreme Court and which resulted in questions referred on to the Court of Justice of the European Union, it was determined that on-screen and cached copies of websites generated by users while browsing may be created without authorisation from copyright holders.

What Happens When Telecom Companies Search Your Home for Piracy

What Happens When Telecom Companies Search Your Home for Piracy

“I agree that there are legal sources of content on the internet, but the evidence that was before the court and our client's position is that that was not the purpose of TVAddons,” Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie, a lawyer representing the telecoms and media companies suing Lackman, told me over the phone.

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

It’s in the wake of this heightened awareness of data privacy issues that we look at some of the IoT-based privacy violations of recent times. Data auditing can also offer the potential for abusive behavior tracking, however, auditing also has privacy implications.

How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

In 1890, two Harvard legal scholars, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, tackled the then-new technology in a now-famous (among students of the law) Harvard Law Review article arguing that because “instantaneous photographs … [had] invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life,” people needed a constitutionally recognized right to be let alone, or a “right of privacy.” Roberson’s case a decade later gave the courts the first opportunity to decide whether to take their advice.

Feds Can Dig Up 'Deleted' Location Data From Your Car Entertainment System

Feds Can Dig Up 'Deleted' Location Data From Your Car Entertainment System

In the Campbell case, it’s unclear just what data was retrieved, though an executed search warrant document said the information extraction from both modules was successful.

Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times

Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times

On Friday Forbes revealed the first known case in the U.S. where Nest handed over surveillance feeds and customer data from its cameras. "Because Nest data includes sensitive content about happened in a home, Google was right to require that the government obtain a warrant in order to gain access to it,” Nojeim said.

UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google

UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google

The high court has blocked a mass lawsuit against Google that aimed to collect as much as £3bn in compensation for the company’s historical practice of collecting data on iPhone users whose privacy settings should have prevented surveillance.

Google praises London court’s decision to block iPhone data collection lawsuit

Google praises London court’s decision to block iPhone data collection lawsuit

LONDON (Reuters) – Google welcomed a decision on Monday by London’s High Court to block an attempt to bring legal action over claims it had collected sensitive data from 4 million iPhone users in England and Wales.

The Facebook Hack Exposes an Internet-Wide Failure

The Facebook Hack Exposes an Internet-Wide Failure

With those tokens, hackers can take full control of users’ Facebook accounts, but because of Single Sign-On they can also access any other website that those 50 million users log into with Facebook.

Latest Facebook hack and why 2-step verification isn't enough

Latest Facebook hack and why 2-step verification isn't enough

The security team decided to reset access tokens of 90 million accounts in total, just in case. By logging people out, we prevent attackers from using the tokens to access these accounts.

US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls

US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls

A joint federal and state law enforcement effort investigating the MS-13 gang had pushed a district court to hold the social networking giant in contempt of court for refusing to permit real-time listening in on voice calls.

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

But no matter what age you are, you should be aware of the legal ramifications: You’re allowing police into your home without a warrant, and you may not actually want that.

Scroll Explainer: What is the Aadhaar case and what is at stake for Indians?

Scroll Explainer: What is the Aadhaar case and what is at stake for Indians?

Beginning in 2009, the Indian government began enrolling residents onto a platform known as Aadhaar, which provided each enrollee with a 12-digit unique identification number linked to both their demographic and biometric details, including fingerprints and iris scans.

Data from man’s pacemaker led to arson charges

Data from man’s pacemaker led to arson charges

Compton, who has extensive medical problems, including an artificial heart implant that uses an eternal pump, told police that when he saw the fire, he packed some belongings in a suitcase and bags.

“Bulk interception” by GCHQ (and NSA) violated human rights charter, European court rules

“Bulk interception” by GCHQ (and NSA) violated human rights charter, European court rules

It also found that both the method of bulk interception of communications and the process for obtaining communications metadata from service providers violated Article 10 (freedom of expression) because of "insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material." And of particular concern to the court was the lack of any oversight into what Internet traffic was collected or what filters were used to determine which traffic was of interest.

'Right to be forgotten' could threaten global free speech, say NGOs

'Right to be forgotten' could threaten global free speech, say NGOs

An application by the French data regulator for greater powers to remove out of date or embarrassing content from internet domains around the world will enable authoritarian regimes to exert control over publicly available information, according to a British-led alliance of NGOs.

Mozilla co-founder's Brave files adtech complaint against Google

Mozilla co-founder's Brave files adtech complaint against Google

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Brave, a privacy-focused web browser set up by Silicon Valley engineering guru Brendan Eich, filed privacy complaints in Britain and Ireland that could become a test case against search company Google and other digital advertising firms.

Google back in court arguing against a global ‘right to be forgotten’

Google back in court arguing against a global ‘right to be forgotten’

Back in 2014 the court ruled search engines must respect Europeans’ privacy rights, and — on request — remove erroneous, irrelevant and/or outdated information about a private citizen. Individuals denied delisting can appeal to a national data protection agency, and indeed challenge a DPA decision in court — as in this case.

NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued

NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued

On Friday, during the final day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court judicial nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Privacy advocates in court fighting an uphill battle against NSA surveillance

Privacy advocates in court fighting an uphill battle against NSA surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with private attorneys, are trying to convince a powerful federal appeals court that the program is unconstitutional, violating people's Fourth Amendment rights because it allows the government to access millions of Americans' communications without a warrant.

23andMe Will No Longer Let App Developers Read Your DNA Data

23andMe Will No Longer Let App Developers Read Your DNA Data

Developers of health apps, weight loss services and quantified self tests have been able to use 23andMe's anonymized data sets since 2012, when the company announced the opening of its application programming interface (API).

US Court of Appeals: An IP address isn't enough to identify a pirate

US Court of Appeals: An IP address isn't enough to identify a pirate

This case is made even more challenging since Gonzales's network was open and anyone could have downloaded the movie. They alleged that Gonzales had encouraged users of his network to download the movie but this failed as well since they were unable to provide any proof.

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