Oct 312014
 

Joseph Ax reports:  New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York came exactly one year after it put [...]

Oct 312014
 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will appear before a federal appeals court next week to argue the National Security Agency (NSA) should be barred from its mass collection of telephone records of million of Americans. The hearing in Klayman v. Obama is set for 9:30 am on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C. Appearing as an amicus, EFF Legal Director [...]

Oct 312014
 

Hamish McNeilly provides yet another example of how “small” breaches can cause great harm or distress for individuals: A Dunedin man says he is living in fear after a Family Court privacy breach resulted in his address being sent to his brother, who had allegedly threatened to kill him. The Family Court has apologised for [...]

Oct 312014
 

Thanks to Margot Kaminski for making me aware of this article by Elana Zeide, “The Proverbial ‘Permanent Record’.” Abstract: The debate about student privacy is highly emotional and divisive. One prominent fear is that current and proposed information practices have created a proverbial “permanent record” that will tether students to their pasts and limit opportunities [...]

Oct 312014
 

Yonhap News reports: The number of police searches and seizures into telecommuication services, such as popular mobile messenger service Kakao Talk, has surged under the Park Geun-hye administration, a report showed Monday. A total of 1,099 search and seizure warrants were executed by police officers to confiscate Kakao Talk chats, emails and other messages in [...]

Oct 312014
 

Jon Sharman reports: A Chessington family’s house move was scuppered when a housing company breached data protection laws by sharing information about the family with a third party. Paragon Community Housing was judged by a government watchdog to have breached the Data Protection Act by telling a prospective house swapper of anti-social noise complaints against Edd Denim’s [...]