A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

The city initially won but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court reversed the decision, said that chalking is a form of trespass that requires a warrant, similar to attaching a tracker to a car to monitor its real-time location, according to the court’s ruling.

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Smith is a victory for privacy rights advocates who argued that the police could track a person’s movements by compiling the times and exact locations of a car anytime its plate was captured by a license plate reader,” writes Tom Jackman in the Washington Post.

Court Says Using Chalk On Tires For Parking Enforcement Violates Constitution

Court Says Using Chalk On Tires For Parking Enforcement Violates Constitution

"Trespassing upon a privately-owned vehicle parked on a public street to place a chalk mark to begin gathering information to ultimately impose a government sanction is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment," Taylor's lawyer, Philip Ellison, wrote in a court filing.

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release Monday afternoon.

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

In its reversal, the Virginia Supreme Court found that the photographic and location data stored in the department’s database did meet the Data Act’s definition of ‘personal information,’ but sent the case back to the Circuit Court to determine whether the database met the Act’s definition of an “information system.” Judge Smith’s ruling affirms EFF’s view that the ALPR system does indeed provide a means through which a link to the identity of a vehicle's owner can be readily made.

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

Under the Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act (HB 57), state law enforcement can only access someone’s transmitted or stored digital data (including writing, images, and audio) if a court issues a search warrant based on probable cause.

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

The app has reportedly been downloaded more than 240 million times in India alone, and in a statement, TikTok India says it has more than 120 million monthly active users. And China has called for short-form video apps like TikTok to be responsible for the content their users upload.

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

The new legislation gives whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law a "high level of protection". LuxLeaks: Whistleblowers working for PricewaterhouseCoopers leaked documents exposing favourable tax arrangements offered by Luxembourg to some of the world's biggest companies while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister.

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

A former traffic court judge currently in the running for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council was caught hitting a parked Tesla Model 3 and subsequently leaving the scene without reporting the incident.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

Government Fights to Trap EFF’s NSA Spying Case in a Catch-22

Government Fights to Trap EFF’s NSA Spying Case in a Catch-22

Because the government refused to formally acknowledge the document, Snowden submitted a declaration in our case confirming that he had seen the report when he was an NSA contractor.

Delhi HC directs YouTube to remove defamatory PewDiePie songs

Delhi HC directs YouTube to remove defamatory PewDiePie songs

The interim order was granted by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Jayant Nath in a suit preferred by T-Series owner Super Cassettes Pvt Ltd., seeking to permanently restrain Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, from uploading the songs titled ‘T-Series Diss Track/Bitch Lasagna’ and ‘Congratulations’.

Internet Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Internet Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

The Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB, requires a post-collection court warrant to access the records of ordinary citizens, but they can begin surveillance efforts before they request the warrant.

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Drawing upon thousands of pages of court filings as well as interviews with lawyers and experts, ProPublica found more than a dozen cases since 2011 that were dismissed either because of challenges to the software’s findings, or the refusal by the government or the maker to share the computer programs with defense attorneys, or both.

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

For more than three years, the Massachusetts State Police have been using cameras to record the license plate number of every vehicle that enters and leaves Cape Cod, building a vast and growing database that now counts more than 100 million trips.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

The new suit, which was filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages at a jury trial for invasion of privacy, unlawful recording of confidential information, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of fiduciary duty involving as many as 1,800 women.

Google Helps Government Conduct Warrantless Searches, Alleges EPIC

Google Helps Government Conduct Warrantless Searches, Alleges EPIC

EPIC argues that Google or other companies could use similar algorithms to scan not just for images of exploited children, but also for other purposes such as determining if files contain religious views, political opinions, or “banned books.”.

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Prosecutors who collect electronic communications stored on a laptop or in the cloud absent a warrant that meets the requirements of CalECPA lose the ability to use information as evidence.

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

The Asahikawa District Court sentenced 46-year-old Masayuki Tanikawa, a former gangster, to six years in prison and fined him 1.5 million yen for possessing 61 grams of stimulant drugs.

Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

Its goal is to fight a court order that would force it to stop using cookies and other tracking technology to follow its users as they navigate around the internet to serve them ads–at least until Facebook explains exactly how and why it collects data and what it does with the information.

Facebook to Fight Belgian Ban on Tracking Users (and Even Non-Users)

Facebook to Fight Belgian Ban on Tracking Users (and Even Non-Users)

understands “that people want more information and control over the data Facebook receives from other websites and apps that use our services,” the company said in a statement.

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

Whatever Internet companies and organizations do to comply with twenty-seven or more national laws – from dropping links to European news sites entirely, to upping their already over-sensitive filtering systems, or seeking to strike deals with key media conglomerates – will be challenged by one rightsholder faction or another.

EFF, Coalition Urge Supreme Court to Maintain Public Access to Government’s Use of Privately Developed Technology

EFF, Coalition Urge Supreme Court to Maintain Public Access to Government’s Use of Privately Developed Technology

The brief highlights how public access to information about controversial government programs, including facial recognition , automated tattoo recognition , and ALPRs could be limited if private companies are allowed to claim that the technology is protected by an expanded Exemption 4.

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

The CJEU was asked to rule on whether Planet49 had gained valid consent for the storing of information and gaining access to info stored in the user's terminal equipment – i.e. cookies – with these boxes.

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

Yang, argues that when a U.S. Postal Service inspector used a commercial ALPR database to locate a suspected mail thief, it was a Fourth Amendment search that required a warrant.

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

“It's about searching for the answers and triggering accountability.”— David Carroll Carroll’s team hope the High Court judge will fire the administrator and pass the case to government receivers who would then appoint a new administrator willing to investigate legal breaches at Cambridge Analytica and five other interrelated companies.

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

We urged the Florida Supreme Court yesterday to review a closely-watched lawsuit to clarify the due process rights of defendants identified by facial recognition algorithms used by law enforcement.

Appeals Court Doesn't Buy Government's National Security Assertions; Says Lawsuit Against FBI Can Continue

Appeals Court Doesn't Buy Government's National Security Assertions; Says Lawsuit Against FBI Can Continue

The panel further held that the district court should have reviewed any state secrets evidence necessary for a determination of whether the alleged surveillance was unlawful following the secrecy-protective procedure set forth in FISA.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

‘I spent seven years fighting to survive’: Chelsea Manning on whistleblowing and WikiLeaks Read more US district judge Claude Hilton held Manning in contempt of court and ordered her jailed on Friday after a brief hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, where Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying.

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