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.

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

C19-1911 MJP INTERNATIONAL INC, 11 ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S Plaintiff, EX PARTE MOTION FOR 12 EXPEDITED DISCOVERY v.22 // 23 // 24 // ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S EX PARTE MOTION FOR EXPEDITED DISCOVERY - 1 Case 2:19-cv-01911-MJP Document 5 Filed 12/10/19 Page 2 of 2 1 The clerk is ordered to provide copies of this order to all counsel.

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

The US government may make it mandatory for all travelers, including US citizens, to submit to a facial scan when traveling through an airport.

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

However, a federal court has now ruled and opined the other way – that states do have the right to pass their own net neutrality laws, that internet service providers (ISPs) need to follow if they wish to do business in said states.

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

If you are conscious about your privacy and prefer a search engine that does not track you – then look no further than DuckDuckGo. Using Requestly Chrome & Firefox extension, you can setup a simple rule such that any search query to Google is actually handled by DuckDuckGo in a privacy-first manner.

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

The challenge fixed on the presence of so-called “bulk” powers in the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA): A controversial capability that allows intelligence agencies to legally collect and retain large amounts of data, instead of having to operate via targeted intercepts.

Mapping Crypto: The Minority Rule

Mapping Crypto: The Minority Rule

If multiple privacy focused personal payment solutions compete for the same intransigent population, the power of the rule is greatly diminished.

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

But under the good-faith exception to violations of the Fourth Amendment, the court said the agents acted reasonably and in “good faith” — and so whatever they gathered could still be used at trial.

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.

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Although applicants will be able to say they don’t use social media, lying about it could lead to “serious immigration consequences,” a State Department official said in an interview with the Hill.

Privacy International Wins Historic Victory at UK Supreme Court

Privacy International Wins Historic Victory at UK Supreme Court

Privacy International's case stems from a 2016 decision by the IPT that the UK government may use sweeping 'general warrants' to engage in computer hacking of thousands or even millions of devices, without any approval from by a judge or reasonable grounds for suspicion.

OpenSnitch – an Application Firewall for Linux [Review]

OpenSnitch – an Application Firewall for Linux [Review]

The main thing that OpenSnitch does is track internet requests made by applications you have installed. OpenSnitch allows you to create rules for which apps to allow to access the internet and which to block. The installation instructions on the OpenSnitch GitHub page are aimed at Ubuntu users.

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

In the case of Livongo, the company whose voice skill lets users check their blood sugar reading, Alexa is mostly a way to transmit the information.

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

Knowing the Silicon Valley giant held a trove of consumer mobile phone location data, investigators got a Hennepin County judge to sign a "reverse location" search warrant ordering Google to identify the locations of cellphones that had been near the crime scene in Eden Prairie, and near two food markets the victims owned in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

France hits Google with record €50m fine under new EU data rules

France hits Google with record €50m fine under new EU data rules

Google was handed the record fine from the CNIL regulator for failing to provide transparent and easily accessible information on its data consent policies, a statement said.

Cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face or finger

Cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face or finger

It was an odd rule, because a majority of judges had also held that cops weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge passcodes, because they are considered to be “testimonial .” The idea is that you can’t require a person to give information (in this case, a passcode) that could be used to incriminate them.

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Google, Facebook, and the Legal Mess Over Face Scanning

Google, Facebook, and the Legal Mess Over Face Scanning

In a 28-page ruling , U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said Google did indeed scan faces without permission—but that the people affected didn’t suffer any harm and therefore didn’t qualify to collect under the law, which provides victims $1,000 to $5,000 per violation.

Facebook’s Latest Scandal Shows We Need Stronger Privacy Laws

Facebook’s Latest Scandal Shows We Need Stronger Privacy Laws

A New York Times investigation revealed that Facebook shared its users’ private data, without its users’ consent, with other tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix.

EPIC Urges Agencies to Abandon Data Practices that Extend Detention of Children

EPIC Urges Agencies to Abandon Data Practices that Extend Detention of Children

The proposed rule also conflicts with a Privacy Impact Assessment, which fails to assess this risk. EPIC had previously warned Congress about the misuse of immigrant data by the DHS.

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

The decision casts uncertainty over what the appropriate upper limit for these types of financial incentives should be — specifically when employers offer them to workers to participate in programs that require clinical testing or the disclosure of their personal health data.

Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain net neutrality comment fraud

Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain net neutrality comment fraud

While Cooper didn't give Prechtel everything he asked for, the judge's ruling ordered the FCC to turn over the email addresses that were used to submit .CSV files, which contained the bulk comments.

Google back in court arguing against a global ‘right to be forgotten’

Google back in court arguing against a global ‘right to be forgotten’

Back in 2014 the court ruled search engines must respect Europeans’ privacy rights, and — on request — remove erroneous, irrelevant and/or outdated information about a private citizen. Individuals denied delisting can appeal to a national data protection agency, and indeed challenge a DPA decision in court — as in this case.

Rule 41 Grants New Hacking Powers to FBI

Rule 41 Grants New Hacking Powers to FBI

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be able to search multiple computers across the country with a single warrant thanks to a controversial rule change that takes effect on Thursday.

California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

That would essentially restore the net neutrality rules enacted federally under former President Barack Obama, which were later repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under the watch and guidance of current chairman Ajit Pai. But this bill actually goes further than those rules with an outright ban on zero-rating — the practice of offering free data, potentially to the advantage of some companies over others — of specific apps.