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British police want greater surveillance powers and they’re willing to destroy everybody’s cybersecurity to get them.
Particular twists: "A right to use rights-protecting technologies?" and "constitutional rights to technologies that protect other constitutional rights."
“During discovery, plaintiff shall not inquire of the defendant concerning his prior sexual or romantic experiences ... with anyone unless the identity of the person ... has been disclosed by the [person] or otherwise become public, in either case in connection with a claim, published report in mainstream media, or public allegation that any such sexual or romantic experience or encounter was not in all respects consensual.”
WhatsApp and iMessage are not as private as you might think.
Even when you're not wearing it.
Do Americans have a right to know the extent that the government surveils them?
When "protecting users' safety" actually means the opposite
With “keyword warrants,” anyone who queries certain terms on search engines will get caught in the surveillance dragnet.
More than 400 problems were found with 29 warrant requests, twice the number previously revealed.
Protecting citizens from intrusive government surveillance is a virtue well worth signaling.
We were warned about the dangerous power of the USA PATRIOT Act. Edward Snowden proved that critics were justified.
Breaking encryption technologies always makes us less safe, no matter what the justification.
The law just addresses use of individuals' data by private companies, carving out exceptions for government harvesting of data.
Mandates, instead of incentives, were always going to drive people away.
A Federal Judge Lets a Cruise Line Require Proof of Vaccination, Saying a Florida Law Banning the Practice Is Probably Unconstitutional
Gov. Ron DeSantis' embrace of the law contradicts his avowed commitment to economic freedom.
Pasco County Cops Harassed Them and Searched Their Homes Without Warrants. A Judge Says They Can Sue.
The sheriff's predictive policing program has caused more problems than it's solved.
For the children, of course
Federal Agents Had No Authority To Seize Contents of Safe Deposit Boxes, Newly Unsealed Warrant Confirms
The warrant affidavit made generalized accusations against U.S. Private Vaults' customers but provided no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by individuals whose assets have been seized.
Los Angeles County is largely vaccinated. This is a punitive, authoritarian performance.
Prosecutors Tried To Seize $57K From This Man's Safe Deposit Box Because He Sold Bongs Without a Permit
After getting called out for a "manifestly inadequate" attempt at establishing probable cause for the seizure, the feds now say they will return Joseph Ruiz' money.
Regulating privacy protections would put the public at greater risk than criminals.
An onslaught of antitrust and data-security crackdowns have threatened the country's biggest ride-sharing platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges, and messaging services.
Reason has joined a new legal effort seeking to force the government to unseal warrants justifying the FBI's seizure of more than 600 safe deposit boxes.
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Watch what happens when the drive for government surveillance meets longstanding technological ignorance.
Government domination of education has bred distrust and conflict.
Some agencies don't even know ways their employees are using facial recognition.
The ION project promises to give individual users absolute control over their online identity and privacy.
SCOTUS Rules That California Violated the First Amendment by Routinely Demanding Donor Information From Advocacy Groups
Six justices agreed that the state's "dragnet for sensitive donor information" imposes "a widespread burden on donors' associational rights."
S. Ct. Strikes Down California Requirement that Charitable Organizations Disclose Major Donors to State AG
"The gravity of the privacy concerns in this [case] is further underscored by the [amicus briefs supporting the challenge].... [T]hese organizations span the ideological spectrum ...: from the [ACLU] to the Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund; from the Council on American-Islamic Relations to the Zionist Organization of America; from Feeding America—Eastern Wisconsin to PBS Reno."
Civil liberties advocates call for a moratorium on federal facial recognition.
The plaintiff is Francesca Viola, who wrote the comment when she was a journalism professor at Temple University.
Law enforcers have plenty of tools; they just want to paw through our data without effort or expense.
The FBI provided "no factual basis for the seizure," Judge R. Gary Klausner wrote.
And it's not a moment too soon.
Two states have passed laws requiring court approval before the cops can use genetic genealogy services to track down a suspect.