Jul 242014
 

Samuel Gibbs reports: Google is being hauled in front of European data protection regulators on Thursday to explain its handling of the “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ ruling meant that EU citizens had the right to request that information online that is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive be [...]

Jul 232014
 

Victoria Espinel of BSA/The Software Alliance writes about DOJ’s position that a warrant served on Microsoft requires it to produce all of the customer’s emails stored on Microsoft servers – even those outside the U.S. … That astonishing overreach [by the government] is based on a legal fiction—that no search occurs until the digital data [...]

Jul 232014
 

Jack Bouboushian reports: All the critical material in an 81-page 2011 FISC opinion on NSA surveillance has been declassified and made public, a federal judge ruled, rejecting the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s request for an unredacted copy. In 2012, the EFF, a digital rights group, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Security [...]

Jul 232014
 

Media companies expressed concern about the impact that proposed changes to EU data protection laws will have on the way they handle personal information at a recent industry debate hosted by ITN and the Media Society. However, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said that a current exemption to the application of some data protection rules that [...]

Jul 222014
 

Brendan Sasso reports: The White House may have misled people who visited its website about how it tracked their online behavior. In a forthcoming paper, a group of researchers write that thousands of top websites, including WhiteHouse.gov, have been using a new, persistent type of online tracking. Justin Brookman, the director of consumer privacy at the Center for [...]

Jul 222014
 

Ken Strutin writes: Each generation transmits to posterity some part of its genetics, knowledge, and possessions. And to assure their integrity, the Constitution protects privacy of person, freedom of thought, and sanctity of property. So it is that an all embracing genetic confidentiality ought to occupy the guarded space between Fourth Amendment bodily privacy and [...]