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.

$5B class action lawsuit accusing Apple of selling customer data is thrown out

$5B class action lawsuit accusing Apple of selling customer data is thrown out

A $5B class action lawsuit that accused Apple of selling customer data has been rejected for the second and final time.Patently Apple reports that the lawsuit, filed in May, alleged that Apple sold customer-identifying data relating to iTunes purchases.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected LinkedIn’s effort to stop a San Francisco company from using information that users of the professional networking website have deemed public.

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing “cookies” in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Michael Drezner, representing the government, said no court has ever required probable cause or a warrant for any border search of a person or property.

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.

Declaration of Digital Independence

Declaration of Digital Independence

Social media applications should make available data input by the user, at the user’s sole discretion, to be distributed by all other publishers according to common, global standards and protocols, just as are email and blogs, with no publisher being privileged by the network above another.

In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Their Own Right to Privacy

In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Their Own Right to Privacy

The simple act of using Facebook, Snyder claimed, negated any user’s expectation of privacy: There is no privacy interest, because by sharing with a hundred friends on a social media platform, which is an affirmative social act to publish, to disclose, to share ostensibly private information with a hundred people, you have just, under centuries of common law, under the judgment of Congress, under the SCA, negated any reasonable expectation of privacy.

The Social Cost of Caring About My Data

The Social Cost of Caring About My Data

And it certainly isn't easy to use the internet or the latest tech while caring about your data. Many people's reasoning for not caring about their data is a lack of knowledge on how it's being used and abused.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Giving these independent lawyers the information they need to argue about the legality of novel law enforcement requests, as well as the right to appeal, would at least provide for a more balanced assessment of new surveillance technologies and a quicker way for questions about them to be decided on a national basis.

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.

Judge denies Facebook's motion to dismiss Cambridge Analytica lawsuit in DC

Judge denies Facebook's motion to dismiss Cambridge Analytica lawsuit in DC

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) last December sued Facebook over its handling of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, arguing that the roughly 340,000 residents who use the platform were harmed by the company's failure to inform them about sharing their information with third parties.

Judge orders Facebook to turn over records on data privacy

Judge orders Facebook to turn over records on data privacy

Thursday’s ruling involves an investor lawsuit seeking company records to investigate potential wrongdoing and mismanagement by Facebook directors regarding data privacy breaches. The lawsuit followed reports that the data of more than 50 million Facebook users had been misappropriated without their knowledge by British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in 2015.

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Just one day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a shareholder meeting that he wants to build a “privacy-focused social platform,” the company’s lawyer argued that privacy doesn’t actually exist on Facebook.

US judge orders Facebook to turn over data privacy records

US judge orders Facebook to turn over data privacy records

An investor is seeking company records to probe potential mismanagement by directors at the social media giant. The ruling in the state of Delaware involves an investor lawsuit seeking company records to investigate potential wrongdoing and mismanagement by Facebook directors regarding data privacy breaches.

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.

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

The ACLU of Louisiana and Southern Poverty Law Center went to court in February, after the city turned down a public defender's public records request for a map of all publicly visible real-time surveillance cameras.

Biometrics are not Protected in the United States – Court Case Reaffirms

Biometrics are not Protected in the United States – Court Case Reaffirms

Using password unlocks are the only real way to protect your device, as pin and gesture based entry methods can be easily brute forced and biometrics lack sound legal protection. Derek is a cryptographer, security expert and privacy activist.

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

In his public ruling, White deemed inadequate the evidence plaintiffs submitted to support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The public evidence included a 2003 document from a former AT&T technician detailing how the telecom giant routed internet traffic to a secret room at an AT&T facility in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

What you need to know before choosing a privacy filter

What you need to know before choosing a privacy filter

The privacy filter combines the expertise of multi-layer film, optical lens and micro-replication technology, and uses the principle of light penetration and reflection to design a peep-proof film that improves the clarity, durability and visual brightness of the screen.

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

A former traffic court judge currently in the running for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council was caught hitting a parked Tesla Model 3 and subsequently leaving the scene without reporting the incident.

Fairfax Judge Ruled in Our Favor Against Mass Surveillance of Virginia Drivers

Fairfax Judge Ruled in Our Favor Against Mass Surveillance of Virginia Drivers

A Fairfax judge has granted our petition for injunctive relief in our case Neal v. This case demonstrates that random mass surveillance by law enforcement agencies is not exempt from the requirements of Virginia's Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act (the Data Act).

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Prosecutors who collect electronic communications stored on a laptop or in the cloud absent a warrant that meets the requirements of CalECPA lose the ability to use information as evidence.

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

A 24-year-old security researcher narrowly avoided prison today, after admitting to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information. Clark, who was employed at the Malwarebytes security company at the time of the Microsoft hack, was also previously cautioned by British police after being arrested for his role in the massive Vtech data breach in 2015.

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.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

‘I spent seven years fighting to survive’: Chelsea Manning on whistleblowing and WikiLeaks Read more US district judge Claude Hilton held Manning in contempt of court and ordered her jailed on Friday after a brief hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, where Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying.

Thispersondoesnotexist.com is face-generating AI at its creepiest

Thispersondoesnotexist.com is face-generating AI at its creepiest

A couple of years back TNW reported on a new generative adversarial network (GAN) the company developed. One set of algorithms (a generator) tries to create something – in this case a human face – while another set (a judge) tries to determine if it’s a real image or a fake one.

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users Privacy from the redefining-bulwark dept Tim Cushing Tony Webster, writing for MPR News, has obtained court documents showing Minneapolis, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are deploying "reverse warrants" in hopes of tying suspects to crime scenes.