UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

The United Kingdom (UK) High Court has ruled that the country’s security and intelligence agencies can no longer use “general warrants” as legal writ for property interference, aka hacking.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

This was clearly intended to circumvent the stricter data protection requirements demanded by EU lawmakers: Facebook users now have fewer rights under the GDPR than they did before under the old data protection law because, according to the Vienna Higher Regional Court, they have entered into a contract to receive personalized advertising.

ISPs Are Monitoring IPTV Pirates' Activities, Court Documents Reveal * TorrentFreak

ISPs Are Monitoring IPTV Pirates' Activities, Court Documents Reveal * TorrentFreak

Users of pirate IPTV services in the UK and Ireland are most likely being monitored by one or more major ISPs. Secret traffic analysis, provided to the High Court in a recent blocking case involving UEFA, reveals that studies were carried out in connection with Sky which determined many subscribers were accessing pirate IPTV platforms via the ISP.Blocking of regular piracy websites has been a feature of anti-piracy enforcement in Europe for almost 15 years.

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube is facing a legal battle for allegedly breaching the privacy and data rights of under-13s in the UK.A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children's data without parental consent.

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

The sale highlights the issue of law enforcement agencies buying information, and in particular location data, that they would ordinarily need a warrant or court order to obtain.Other documents obtained as part of the same FOIA request detail the Secret Service's purchase of Babel Street's open source intelligence product.

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Attorneys for Grindr also claimed user Robert Bergeron's allegations that the app "sold" Google Android users' personal data — including the sexual orientation and exact geolocation of its largely LGBTQ user base — to the "highest bidder" do not amount to concrete harms under New York state consumer protection laws.Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data.The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Moreover, the law was enacted following high court’s direction to regulate fee and save parents from whimsical decisions of private schools in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the administration told the court.

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.

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.

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

The search warrant was based on the idea that the man had "stolen" a GPS tracking device belonging to the government.Last Thursday, Indiana's highest court made it official, ruling that the search warrant that allowed police to recover Heuring's meth was illegal.

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.

Ed Bridges LOSES battle with police over use of facial recognition cameras

Ed Bridges LOSES battle with police over use of facial recognition cameras

Ed Bridges, 36, brought the challenge at the High Court after claiming his face was scanned while doing Christmas shopping in 2017 and at a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018.His lawyers argued the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by South Wales Police caused him 'distress' and violated his privacy and data protection rights by processing an image taken of him in public.

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lawyer with Liberty called the ruling "disappointing" Human rights group Liberty has lost its High Court challenge against the government's Investigatory Powers Act. Called the "Snoopers' Charter" by its critics, the legislation allows for mass surveillance of electronic devices, allowing intelligence agencies to extract and store information.

Secret plan to use charities to help deport rough sleepers

Secret plan to use charities to help deport rough sleepers

A spokesman for the Public Interest Law Centre, which won the high court case, said: “It’s now clear the Home Office – with the Greater London Authority, local councils and some homelessness charities – is trying to resurrect this discriminatory policy under a different guise.”.

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.

South Korean prosecutors seek prison term for blogger in opinion-rigging scheme

South Korean prosecutors seek prison term for blogger in opinion-rigging scheme

Kim Dong-won, a political blogger at the center of a high-profile opinion rigging scandal, arrives at a Seoul court on Dec. 26, 2018, to attend a sentencing hearing of the trial over allegations that he artificially inflated likes on Internet news articles about the then main opposition Democratic Party and then opposition presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in in November 2016.

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.