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.

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 .

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of WhatsApp’s lawsuit against notorious Israeli spyware company NSO Group.

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Foundem creators Shivaun and Adam Raff stand outside of the European Court of Justice for Google's appeal hearing in its competition case in 2020.When Shivaun Raff began speaking with European regulators about her complaints of Google's exclusionary conduct over a decade ago, she seemed to stand more or less alone.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled what many of us knew for a long time: that the NSA program to spy on American phone records was completely illegal.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

ShareTweet The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just ruled that the “NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was illegal.” For years, the NSA has conducted a domestic mass surveillance program on Americans’ phone records with little to no resistance from other arms of the government but lots of resistance from civil liberties and privacy advocates within the States.

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Although he was backed by UK civil rights organization Liberty, Bridges lost his suit in 2019, but the Court of Appeal today overturned that ruling, finding that the South Wales Police facial recognition program was unlawful.

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.”.

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.

Details of Justice Department Efforts To Break Encryption of Facebook Messenger Must Be Made Public, EFF Tells Court

Details of Justice Department Efforts To Break Encryption of Facebook Messenger Must Be Made Public, EFF Tells Court

Unsealing documents in the Facebook Messenger case is especially important because the public deserves to know when law enforcement tries to compel a company that hosts massive amounts of private communications to circumvent its own security features and hand over users’ private data, EFF said in a filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

People Should Be Allowed to Sue Facebook If It Violates Law on Face Recognition Privacy

People Should Be Allowed to Sue Facebook If It Violates Law on Face Recognition Privacy

In the case now pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Facebook users in Illinois have alleged that the company violated their rights under the law by using facial recognition technology to identify them in digital images uploaded to the site without disclosing its use of facial recognition or obtaining consent.

EFF to Appellate Court: Protect Biometric Privacy

EFF to Appellate Court: Protect Biometric Privacy

But now Facebook is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to defang BIPA, by narrowly interpreting its enforcement tool and thus depriving injured parties of their day in court. EFF has joined an amicus curiae brief urging the Ninth Circuit to properly interpret BIPA to provide strong protection of biometric privacy.

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC has appealed a federal district court decision for the release of a "Predictive Analytics Report." The district court backed the Department of Justice when the agency claimed the "presidential communications privilege." But neither the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nor the Supreme Court has ever permitted a federal agency to invoke that privilege in a FOIA case.

The Citizen Lab Receives Response from National Energy Board Concerning “Security Threat Monitoring Services”

The Citizen Lab Receives Response from National Energy Board Concerning “Security Threat Monitoring Services”

Director Ron Deibert, on behalf of the Citizen Lab, sent a letter raising numerous questions and serious human rights concerns with the NEB’s proposed initiative, which appeared poised to target environmental activists and Indigenous communities, particularly in light of protests and political tensions surrounding the Trans Mountain Pipeline (federal approval of which was recently quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal) and similar energy sector projects in Canada.