Dissent

Jul 142014
 

Shaun Nichols reports:

The Tor Project has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the privacy software’s developers aided a revenge porn slinger.

An attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told The Register the allegations against the Tor team are baseless.

In a lawsuit, Shelby Conklin accuses the Tor Project of demonstrating “continued tolerance and endorsement” of PinkMeth, a cruel website that features nude photographs of women posted online without their consent.

Her court documents – filed in Denton County, Texas, seeking $1m in damages – allege the Tor Project was “hired” by PinkMeth’s administrators “for the express purpose of escaping liability.”

Read more on The Register.

Jul 142014
 

John Wesley Hall writes:

In a comprehensive opinion, the Vermont Supreme Court held Friday that pre-conviction DNA testing of arrestees after arraignment violates the search provision of the Vermont Constitution. It failed every point of analysis. State v. Medina, 2014 VT 69, 2014 Vt. LEXIS 71 (July 11, 2014)

Read more about this case on FourthAmendment.com.

Jul 142014
 

AP reports:

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited Missouri’s public schools from tracking students electronically.

The legislation rejected Wednesday sought to bar districts from using “radio frequency identification technology” to monitor or track the location of students.

Nixon said it would have eroded the ability of local school officials to decide what’s best for their students.

Read more on Connect MidMissouri.

Jul 142014
 

Dr. Susan Berry writes:

States that were awarded grants from President Obama’s Race to the Top (RttT) stimulus bill program agreed to implement the Common Core standards and to comply with the “Four Assurances,” one of which was the requirement of “Building data systems that measure student growth and success.”

The problem? Private student data is off-limits to parents.

Read more on Breitbart.com

Jul 142014
 

Rob Taylor reports:

They have delivered spectacular new aerial perspectives of everything from whales at sea to the interior of exploding fireworks and, more controversially, the conduct of celebrity weddings.

But as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles accelerates and moves from battlefields to overflights of suburban backyards and street surveillance, Australia’s parliament has become the latest to push for new legislation to protect against privacy invasions by drones, adding to similar concerns raised by civil-liberties groups and privacy regulators in the United States and elsewhere.

After months of deliberations, a committee of Australian lawmakers released a report on Monday calling for new laws to protect Australians from “malicious drone use” as the use of camera-carrying UAVs becomes increasingly common, as well as safety concerns about reliability of the fast-advancing technology.

Read more on Wall Street Journal.

Jul 142014
 

The Dutch cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the constitution to provide greater protection to telecommunications. Article 13 of the constitution currently protects the privacy of written correspondence, phone calls and telegraph communications. The government wants to change this to cover written communication and telecommunications.

Read more on Telecompaper.