Jul 222014
 

Richard Adhikari reports: Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge on Friday issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect’s entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect’s rights under the Fourth Amendment [...]

Jul 222014
 

Maudlyne Ihejirika reports: A Chicago State University official is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago, accusing the school of violating federal education law by publicly discussing her dissertation and an accusation of plagiarism made by an adversary. The lawsuit, filed Monday by CSU Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Angela Henderson, claims UIC violated [...]

Jul 202014
 

From EPIC: EPIC has obtained documents from the Department of Education detailing parent and student complaints about the misuse of educational records. The Department released the documents in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. The documents reveal that schools and districts have disclosed students’ personal records without consent, possibly in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The documents also reveal that the Department failed to [...]

Jul 202014
 

Cyrus Farivar writes: In May 2014, I reported on my efforts to learn what the feds know about me whenever I enter and exit the country. In particular, I wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever travel is booked. But instead of providing what I had requested, the United States Customs [...]

Jul 182014
 

Alex Abdo writes: Earlier today, a former State Department civil servant named John Tye published an important op-ed  in the Washington Post, explaining that the NSA has created a giant loophole in Americans’ right to privacy. While we now know a good deal about the NSA’s spying on American soil, Tye explains, the NSA’s powers to conduct [...]

Jul 182014
 

Joseph Ax reports: A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user’s emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people’s privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said on Friday [...]