Oct 312014

Joseph Ax reports:  New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York came exactly one year after it put [...]

Oct 312014

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will appear before a federal appeals court next week to argue the National Security Agency (NSA) should be barred from its mass collection of telephone records of million of Americans. The hearing in Klayman v. Obama is set for 9:30 am on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C. Appearing as an amicus, EFF Legal Director [...]

Oct 312014

Thanks to Margot Kaminski for making me aware of this article by Elana Zeide, “The Proverbial ‘Permanent Record’.” Abstract: The debate about student privacy is highly emotional and divisive. One prominent fear is that current and proposed information practices have created a proverbial “permanent record” that will tether students to their pasts and limit opportunities [...]

Oct 302014

Cora Currier and Morgan Marquis-Boire report: When Apple and Google unveiled new encryption schemes last month, law enforcement officials complained that they wouldn’t be able to unlock evidence on criminals’ digital devices. What they didn’t say is that there are already methods to bypass encryption, thanks to off-the-shelf digital implants readily available to the smallest national agencies [...]

Oct 292014

Ed Pilkington writes: The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world. Civil liberties groups warn that the proposed rule change amounts to a power [...]

Oct 282014

Kashmir Hill writes: The generally accepted trade-off on the Internet is that you give up your privacy to get free stuff. It’s summed up by a frequently repeated adage, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” But sometimes you’re paying for it, and you’re still the product. Verizon and AT&T  customers are paying an (often steep) [...]