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 [...]

Apr 122014

Nice.  Jack Bouboushian of Courthouse News reports that a federal magistrate judge in the District of Columbia has asked EFF to file an amicus brief on the technology and constitutional issues implicated  in government requests for historical cell site location information: There are 87 opinions publicly available that address cell site information, but these decisions [...]

Apr 102014

DutchNews.nl reports: Government plans to store footage of car number plates for up to four weeks to help solve ‘serious crimes’ may conflict with European privacy law, legal experts say in Thursday’s Trouw. On Tuesday, the European court of justice said government schemes to store private individual’s phone and internet data is illegal because of [...]

Apr 082014

This is huge. AFP reports: Europe’s top court on Tuesday struck down an EU law forcing telecoms operators to store private phone and email data for up to two years, judging it too invasive, despite its usefulness in combating terrorism. By allowing EU governments to access the data, “the directive interferes in a particularly serious [...]