Aug 292014
 

Jennifer Granick writes: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court declassified an opinion today which, although highly redacted, illuminates the way at least one Judge is interpreting his mandate to protect the First Amendment activities of Americans who the FBI seeks to investigate under USA PATRIOT Act Section 215, codified at 50 USC 1861. Essentially, the question the judge, John D. [...]

Aug 272014
 

Learn how police and intelligence agencies can access your data, and how the law (might) protect you! Hackers, attorneys, and concerned citizens are all welcome. Jonathan Mayer of Stanford will be offering a free online course on surveillance law. Here’s the Syllabus: I. Introduction We will begin with a brief overview of how surveillance fits [...]

Aug 272014
 

Manchester Gazette reports: UKIP Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall, has warned that all new cars are set to be fitted with tracking devices under new EU Rules. Since the EU passed plant to fit new cars with tracking devices that work similar to mobile phone technology, the UK Government has admitted it cannot do anything to [...]

Aug 272014
 

Aaron Mendelson reports: The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The legislation would [...]

Aug 262014
 

Jessica Anderson reports: Law enforcement agencies in the Baltimore area and across the country are researching drones, intrigued by their potential for high-risk tactical raids and gathering intelligence. But uncertainty over federal regulations, concern about privacy issues and other factors have slowed many agencies from acquiring the unmanned aircraft. Read more on Baltimore Sun. h/t, [...]

Aug 262014
 

Ryan Gallagher reports: The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that [...]

Aug 252014
 

Emptywheel’s Marcy Wheeler writes on Salon: It has been a month since former State Department section chief for Internet freedom John Napier Tye wrote a Washington Post Op-Ed warning about Executive Order 12333 — the order the executive branch uses to self-authorize spying overseas. “The order as used today,” Tye wrote, “threatens our democracy.” Since that time, his concerns [...]