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
 

Yonhap News reports: The number of police searches and seizures into telecommuication services, such as popular mobile messenger service Kakao Talk, has surged under the Park Geun-hye administration, a report showed Monday. A total of 1,099 search and seizure warrants were executed by police officers to confiscate Kakao Talk chats, emails and other messages in [...]

Oct 312014
 

Orin Kerr writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation published a report earlier this week alleging an astonishing increase in the use of sneak-and-peek search warrants. Sneak-and-peek searches are sometimes known as “covert searches” or “black bag jobs.” The government breaks into a home, conducts a covert search, and leaves no sign of entry until days or weeks later. [...]

Oct 302014
 

Brendan Sasso reports: The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users. FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting. The briefing included [...]

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
 

Ellen Nakashima reports: After the Department of Homeland Security canceled a plan for broad law enforcement access to a national license-plate tracking system in February, officials established a policy that required similar plans be vetted by department privacy officers to ensure they do not violate Americans’ civil liberties. Two months later, however, officials with DHS’s Immigration and [...]