Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional.

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

In its press release about the decision, the court found that the privacy rights of the German constitution also protects foreigners in other countries and that the German intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), had no authority to conduct telecommunications surveillance on them:.

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

The German government must come up with a new law regulating its secret services, after the country's highest court ruled that the current practice of monitoring telecommunications of foreign citizens at will violates constitutionally-enshrined press freedoms and the privacy of communications.

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.”.

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.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

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.

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.

Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights

Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights

Ultimately, the FBI agreed to amend the querying process, requiring the agency to justify in writing why it is looking into any person in the U.S.For years, civil liberties advocates have argued that the law at the center of the dispute – Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — violates constitutional rights as it allows the government to collect data on Americans without a warrant.

FBI’s Foreign Surveillance Program Violated Americans’ Civil Liberties, FISA Court Finds

FBI’s Foreign Surveillance Program Violated Americans’ Civil Liberties, FISA Court Finds

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that an FBI program intended to target foreign suspects violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy by collecting the personal information of American citizens along with the foreign targets of the surveillance.

Web sites have a problem after top EU court rules that pre-ticked checkboxes for tracking cookies aren’t valid for consent

Web sites have a problem after top EU court rules that pre-ticked checkboxes for tracking cookies aren’t valid for consent

Unfortunately for the online advertising industry, the CJEU begs to differ: In today’s judgment, the Court decides that the consent which a website user must give to the storage of and access to cookies on his or her equipment is not validly constituted by way of a pre-checked checkbox which that user must deselect to refuse his or her consent.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court ruled information gathered via an individual's use of electricity constitutes personal data, Confidencial Judicial reports.Related Stories.FTC reaches $30M settlement with company over deceptive use of lead generators.

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Notably, the court emphasizes that the Fourth Amendment of the federally binding US Constitution does not protect internet users from having their information handed over to law enforcement without a warrant because users willingly give that information to the third party (the ISP in this case).

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

The Sinister, Unconstitutional Effort to Ban Secure Encryption Is Back

The Sinister, Unconstitutional Effort to Ban Secure Encryption Is Back

In 1997, after lobbying by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, one House of Representatives committee actually voted for mandatory backdoors.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Senator Paul and I are introducing this bill to start taking back Americans' Constitutional protections," Sen. Wyden said. Our bill will put an end to these intrusive government searches and uphold the fundamental protections of the Fourth Amendment," Sen. Paul said.

In re DoubleClick

In re DoubleClick

2d 497 (S.D.N.Y. 2001)[1] ( "DoubleClick" ), had Internet users initiate proceedings against DoubleClick , alleging that DoubleClick's placement of web cookies on computer hard drives of Internet users who accessed DoubleClick-affiliated web sites constituted violations of three federal laws: The Stored Communications Act , the Wiretap Statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act .

Privacy researchers push back on judge’s order to destroy NYPD public records

Privacy researchers push back on judge’s order to destroy NYPD public records

Privacy researchers obtained documents about the New York City Police Department’s use of facial recognition technology through a public records lawsuit. Any time a government agency orders documents that were obtained legally to be returned or destroyed is a threat to freedom of information and constitutional rights of reporters everywhere.

Unconstitutional Searches of Electronic Devices at American Airports Have Quadrupled

Unconstitutional Searches of Electronic Devices at American Airports Have Quadrupled

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement consider requests from other government agencies in determining whether to search travelers’ electronic devices, the court papers said.

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

The request for summary judgment comes after the groups obtained documents and deposition testimony revealing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorize border officials to search travelers’ phones and laptops for general law enforcement purposes, and consider requests from other government agencies when deciding whether to conduct such warrantless searches.

How to hide from the AI surveillance state with a color printout

How to hide from the AI surveillance state with a color printout

In some countries the technology constitutes a powerful new layer of policing and government surveillance. “What our work proves is that it is possible to bypass camera surveillance systems using adversarial patches,” says Wiebe Van Ranst, one of the authors.

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.

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Analyzing and indefinitely keeping the DNA profiles of thousands of Californians arrested for felonies, but never charged with a crime, is not just an ominously overbroad practice by law enforcement—it’s an invasion of privacy that violates the state’s constitution.

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

According to a Pentagon memo signed last year, however, no one at Google needed worry: All 5,000 pages of documents about Google’s work on the drone effort, known as Project Maven, are barred from public disclosure, because they constitute “critical infrastructure security information.”.

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

“Galois and DARPA have just stepped up and filled a vacuum of leadership at the federal level to address the well-documented vulnerabilities in US voting machines that constitute a national security crisis.” But even so, the secure designs are expected to change how new CPUs are architected going forward.

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

I will not stop pushing Congress and intelligence leaders to be straight with the American people and end unnecessary surveillance that violates our constitutional freedoms without keeping us any safer.” Last year, Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked the NSA Inspector General to investigate the NSA’s overcollection of phone records.

Who's misusing your personal data? Why we need federal privacy protection regulations.

Who's misusing your personal data? Why we need federal privacy protection regulations.

While not exhaustive, there are a few principles that can help ensure the United States protects its citizens from the loss and misuse of their personal data while incorporating our own unique understanding of constitutionally-protected privacy and free speech.

Log-free email provider Posteo: 'You must log user IP addresses', court rules

Log-free email provider Posteo: 'You must log user IP addresses', court rules

More security news So it's no surprise that the company is angry about a decision from the German Constitutional Court, which says it has to log IP addresses so that it can provide them to investigators, when asked.

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