Apr 242014

Mike Masnick writes: The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ hasissued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we mentioned last week where magistrate judge John Facciola asked the two companies to weigh in, as [...]

Apr 232014

Luke Funk reports: A tiny new spy device aims to automatically transcribe and Tweet overheard conversations. It’s called Conversnitch. Brian House and Kyle McDonald are behind the eavesdropping device. They say it bridges the gap between (presumed) private physical space and public space online. One of the creators, Kyle McDonald, released a video of the device [...]

Apr 232014

Mohammad Zahid was not the target of a joint military operation that came through his village in Khost Province in late February 2012.  However, that day the twenty-two year old man who claimed to be a student was arrested and eventually convicted in an Afghan court because his fingerprints reportedly matched those found on an [...]

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 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. [...]