Apr 242014

Mike Masnick writes: The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ hasissued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we mentioned last week where magistrate judge John Facciola asked the two companies to weigh in, as [...]

Apr 242014

There’s a fascinating article on sibling transplants and family privacy by Doriane Lambelet Coleman in the April volume of Cardozo Law Review. Here’s how it begins:  A six-year-old girl suffers third-degree burns over eighty percent of her body. Her chance of survival with minimal scarring is said to depend on her identical twin sister’s availability as [...]

Apr 232014

William Dotinga reports: Online daters failed to show that SuccessfulMatch.com misled them into believing their HIV and STD statuses would remain private, a federal judge ruled. Jane Does 1 and 2, of Canada and Washington state, filed a federal class action against SuccessfulMatch.com in 2013, claiming the website preyed on the vulnerability of people who have tested [...]

Apr 192014

Turkey’s embattled premier made a formal complaint to the country’s top court on Friday, saying secret recordings spread on the Internet were a violation of his family’s rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Constitutional Court that the failure of social media websites to remove leaked recordings featuring him and his family were a [...]

Apr 182014

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports: Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. [...]

Apr 142014

Tim Cushing writes: Throw the words “national security” around frequently enough and you might start to believe it actually means something. The EFF’s battle against the government’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs) is being fought mostly under seal (the EFF can’t even reveal whom its clients are). To be sure, there is sensitive material being discussed, but the [...]