Aug 012014
 

Ah, delicious irony…. Joseph Serna reports: Los Angeles police on Friday said they have asked the city attorney’s office and county prosecutors to explore whether they can legally prohibit civilians from flying drones with cameras over department-owned parking lots. The inquiry was sparked after a South Bay man who routinely films police activity and posts [...]

Aug 012014
 

Kate Patrick reports: Facebook is being sued by a Viennese law student promising $671 for every user who joins him. Among other charges,  Max Schrems accuses Facebook of “aiding the NSA to run the ‘PRISM’ spy program, tracking of users on external pages through ‘social plug-ins,’ illegal ‘big data’ analytics, illegal introduction of graph search, illegal data [...]

Aug 012014
 

Vivian Ho reports: The San Jose Police Department has become the first Bay Area law enforcement agency to acquire a drone, department officials confirmed Wednesday, but guidelines for its use have not been developed. Department officials got the unmanned aircraft in January for just under $7,000 in federal grant money for the purpose of aiding [...]

Aug 012014
 

Greg Miller reports: CIA employees improperly searched computers used by Senate investigators involved in a multi-year probe of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measures on terrorism suspects, according to the findings of an internal agency inquiry that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to apologize to lawmakers this week. Ten agency employees, including two lawyers and three [...]

Aug 012014
 

From EPIC: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of EPIC today in a Freedom of Information Act case seeking the full text of National Security Presidential Directive 54, a previously-secret Presidential order granting the government broad authority over cybersecurity matters. EPIC successfully obtained the Directive from the NSA, and the DC Circuit [...]

Aug 012014
 

Zach Miners reports:  Some of those seeking to scrub their histories from the Web under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rule are being economical with the truth when making their requests, Google said Thursday. In a letter to European data regulators, Google listed some of the challenges it faces in complying with the ruling, which allows people to [...]