Jul 272014
 

Steve Orr reports: In a crime-fighting tactic that sets civil libertarians’ teeth on edge, police in Monroe County and other urban counties across New York state are collecting and archiving tens of millions of records that track vehicle movement. The records are stored in a series of loosely connected secure computer servers, accessible directly or [...]

Jul 262014
 

Stephen Rex Brown reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he has introduced legislation to provide law enforcement around the country with tracking devices that parents can voluntarily place on their autistic child. The device could be a bracelet or sewn into pants and hopefully prevent a replay of last year’s Avonte Oquendo tragedy, in which [...]

Jul 252014
 

Talk about your chilling effects! If the government wants whistleblowers to go up the chain and to Congress rather than to the press, this news story by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay should be cause for great concern: The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified [...]

Jul 252014
 
EFF Asks Judge to Rule NSA Internet "Backbone" Spying Techniques Unconstitutional

From EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today presented a federal court with a detailed explanation of how the NSA taps into the Internet backbone and requested the judge rule that the agency is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching the collected data. EFF argues there are now enough agreed-upon facts in our [...]

Jul 252014
 

Hamed Aleaziz reports: Assurances that San Francisco will honor the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that searching an arrestee’s cell phone generally requires a warrant prompted the dismissal of a lawsuit by a civil rights activist who said a police officer had read his text messages after taking him into custody. The activist, Bob Offer-Westort, was [...]

Jul 252014
 

Rob Nagle reports: A former professor for San Francisco State University is being accused of invasion of privacy over allegations that he secretly filmed students who were using the bathroom at his home. Mark Landis, 38, of San Francisco was arrested Wednesday and charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, Assistant District Attorney [...]