Aug 012014
 

Kate Patrick reports: Facebook is being sued by a Viennese law student promising $671 for every user who joins him. Among other charges,  Max Schrems accuses Facebook of “aiding the NSA to run the ‘PRISM’ spy program, tracking of users on external pages through ‘social plug-ins,’ illegal ‘big data’ analytics, illegal introduction of graph search, illegal data [...]

Aug 012014
 

From EPIC: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of EPIC today in a Freedom of Information Act case seeking the full text of National Security Presidential Directive 54, a previously-secret Presidential order granting the government broad authority over cybersecurity matters. EPIC successfully obtained the Directive from the NSA, and the DC Circuit [...]

Jul 312014
 

Wendy Davis reports: Some watchdogs are trying to convince the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated users’ privacy. Google agreed to settle the case last year for $8.5 million, but opponents call the settlement a “farce” because it doesn’t require the company to change its practices. The privacy [...]

Jul 312014
 

A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland. Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York, ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral arguments. Read more of this Associated Press report on CBS. See also Zack Whittaker’s report on [...]

Jul 312014
 

From Courthouse News: Attorneys for Google urged a federal judge to ignore demands made by news outlets to deny requests to seal documents in a massive – and settled – class action over Gmail privacy. News agencies – including Courthouse News, Gannett, McClatchy and the New York Times - lobbied U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh earlier this [...]

Jul 312014
 

Ian Duncan reports: An appeals court on Wednesday sanctioned the police’s use of genetic material obtained in one investigation to solve other crimes, but agreed with attorneys for a burglar that questions surround the little known practice. Three judges of the Court of Special Appeals upheld the burglary conviction of George Varriale, a homeless Anne [...]