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.

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.

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.

Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell join legal battle against hacking company NSO

Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell join legal battle against hacking company NSO

(Reuters) - Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.”.

Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay

Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay

Judge Marsha Berzon's opinion, which contains a half-dozen references to the role of former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in disclosing the NSA metadata program, concludes that the "bulk collection" of such data violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The call-tracking effort began without court authorization under President George W.

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home.

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.

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Unlike probable cause, which is the standard required for obtaining a search warrant, reasonable suspicion is a more lenient rule that lets law enforcement officials conduct searches without getting a warrant first.

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

(CN) – On remand from the Fourth Circuit, a federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a challenge to the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance of international and domestic text-based communications.

Research: Classification of attacks on Tor clients and Tor hidden services

Research: Classification of attacks on Tor clients and Tor hidden services

This message will be routed from the entry node of the hidden service, which is controlled by the adversary, to the central server and will include information such as the circuit ID, the cell timestamp, the source IP address, and the circuit ID.

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.

Privacy - Wherefore Art Thou? The Third Circuit Denies 4th Amendment Right

Privacy - Wherefore Art Thou? The Third Circuit Denies 4th Amendment Right

The Supreme Court held that Fourth Amendment privacy rights do attach to such personal location information and that the government may not obtain that information without a warrant.

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.

FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit

FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit

The Mozilla suit, which you can read here or embedded at the bottom of this post, was sort of a cluster bomb of allegations striking at the FCC order on technical, legal, and procedural grounds.

Appeals Court Asks the Right Questions in NSA Surveillance Case

Appeals Court Asks the Right Questions in NSA Surveillance Case

Hasbajrami, an important case involving surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. It is only the second time a federal appeals court has been asked to rule on whether the government can collect countless numbers of electronic communications—including those of Americans—and use these communications in criminal investigations, all without a warrant.

Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data

Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data

The Seventh Circuit just handed down a landmark opinion, ruling 3-0 that the Fourth Amendment protects energy-consumption data collected by smart meters.