Apr 232014

Tim Pugmire reports: The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring police to obtain a warrant in order to track a person’s location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The vote today was 56 -1. Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. There’s also a requirement for [...]

Apr 232014

AFP reports: Brazil’s Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user’s bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping. The lower House of Deputies had passed the bill earlier, and late Tuesday the Senate gave it a green light. That [...]

Apr 232014

AP reports: Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. Protesters carrying signs that read “No to Censorship” and “Freedom of Expression” walked along Mexico City’s main Reforma Avenue on their [...]

Apr 192014

A student privacy bill, mentioned previously on this blog, had gotten hung up in the Louisiana legislature last month.  Ashley Bateman has an update: A bill is making its way through the Louisiana legislature would revamp how schools and the state collect student data. Passed by the House and awaiting a vote in the Senate [...]

Apr 172014

David Kravets reports: A federal appeals court is holding in contempt the operator of a now-defunct e-mail service because he refused to abide by a court order and turn over the crypto keys and expose Lavabit’s 400,000 customers to the government’s prying eyes. Equally troubling as that Wednesday decision by the Fourth US Circuit Court [...]

Apr 142014

Alan Friel of BakerHostetler writes: SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature.  This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students.  It would drastically expand the privacy protections of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state equivalents, which impose [...]