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 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 [...]

Jul 222014
 

Richard Adhikari reports: Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge on Friday issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect’s entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect’s rights under the Fourth Amendment [...]

Jul 222014
 

Maudlyne Ihejirika reports: A Chicago State University official is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago, accusing the school of violating federal education law by publicly discussing her dissertation and an accusation of plagiarism made by an adversary. The lawsuit, filed Monday by CSU Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Angela Henderson, claims UIC violated [...]

Jul 182014
 

Joseph Ax reports: A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user’s emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people’s privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said on Friday [...]

Jul 182014
 

Samuel Gibbs reports: The Open Rights Group (ORG) is taking the government to court to try to block the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (Drip) bill, which was rushed through parliament on Tuesday. The bill cleared Commons, despite 56 MPs opposing the deal between the three main parties. The ORG believes that it can stop the bill coming [...]