Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill.

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A divided three-judge panel of the Third Circuit took a different approach, announcing a categorical rule that would seem to limit the ability of public schools to address many kinds of disturbing speech by students on social media, including racist threats and cyberbullying.

UPDATE 1-U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns -draft

UPDATE 1-U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns -draft

July 1 (Reuters) - U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Motherboard has seen the contract between Venntel and the IRS that confirms how the IRS was spying on American citizens.Now, Senator Wyden has unveiled plans to introduce legislation that will stop the IRS from buying location data from third party companies like Venntel.

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Law enforcement agencies are required to get a warrant to obtain an individual's mobile phone location data, the Supreme Court ruled in 2018.

Criminals Will Be Forced to Give Smartphone Passcodes, as per New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling

Criminals Will Be Forced to Give Smartphone Passcodes, as per New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling

As per NorthJersey, the defendant argued that giving his smartphone passcode would amount to be testimony, which would violate his Fifth Amendment rights and protections under the law.

New Jersey Supreme Court rules that passcodes aren’t protected by Fifth Amendment

New Jersey Supreme Court rules that passcodes aren’t protected by Fifth Amendment

ShareTweet The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that passcodes aren’t protected by the Fifth Amendment.The rationale in these states is that while law enforcement may know about certain incriminating documents that could be accessed if the passcode were provided, providing the passcode allows access to absolutely everything on the phone – which could turn up additional evidence that prosecutors didn’t know about.

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that a criminal defendant can be compelled to reveal his cellphone passcode to investigators, rejecting the argument that such a move violates the right against self-incrimination guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

State lawmakers will be able to create new laws allowing private lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against Internet platforms, as long as they say their purpose is to stop crimes against children.

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

His academic literature about the outsized power of Big Tech stretches all the way back to 2008, when he wrote a paper called "Internet Nondiscrimination Principles: Commercial Ethics for Carriers and Search Engines," predicting that "search results" would be the next hot-button issue for regulators.

Indiana Supreme Court: Woman did not have to unlock phone for police

Indiana Supreme Court: Woman did not have to unlock phone for police

A Carmel woman who was held in contempt when she refused to unlock her smartphone for police during a criminal investigation is protected by the U.S. Constitution, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a decision that could affect how law enforcement uses technology to gather evidence.

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

You should never open your device or consent the search of your belongings — if the officer asks to do so, say “I do not consent to a search of my belongings”.The police cannot arrest you for practicing your fourth amendment right, however in reality the goal is to not antagonize them, so be polite.

FreePN - A Guide to the PATRIOT Act Renewal and Your Online Privacy

FreePN - A Guide to the PATRIOT Act Renewal and Your Online Privacy

On May 13, the Senate failed to pass an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act which would protect individuals’ Internet browsing and search history from government surveillance without a warrant.

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

Eshoo (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) have published a letter which was sent to multiple federal agencies demanding that the federal agencies stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country.

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been granted powers by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct covert surveillance on the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

Not only would this prevent the House of Representatives from voting on the popular Wyden-Daines amendment which would force the government to obtain a warrant before spying on people’s Internet activity, but it would also prevent the House from ratifying the Lee-Leahy amendment which has been passed by the Senate to protect journalists, political candidates, and religious groups from government surveillance.

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

Since Congress is likely voting tomorrow on the Lofgren-Davidson amendment to the PATRIOT Act, today is the day to contact your representatives and tell them how you’d like them to vote.

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

Later this week, the House of Representatives is once again voting on whether or not to extend the authorities in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse, along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, and possibly, an amendment.

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Greer says Wyden's introduction of the amendment could be a way of alerting the public that intelligence agencies have already been collecting U.S. citizens' web search data.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has added in an amendment that would open up internet history to the list of information that the FBI and DOJ would be able to access without a warrant.

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

A spokesperson for Sen. Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member and a sponsor of the pro-privacy amendment the talking points seek to undermine, said that if an individual is a known spy, “then obviously there’s probable cause that he is an agent of a foreign power and a warrant is readily available.”.

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

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.