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. [...]

Apr 152014
 

Mike McAndrew reports: New York will award $550,270 to police departments throughout the state to help them buy license plate readers, a controversial technology that enables agencies to photograph and track thousands of vehicles per day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants to buy 27 license plate readers today as part of $976,790 the state [...]

Apr 152014
 

Jennifer Lynch writes: New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold [...]

Apr 142014
 

Tim Cushing writes: Throw the words “national security” around frequently enough and you might start to believe it actually means something. The EFF’s battle against the government’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs) is being fought mostly under seal (the EFF can’t even reveal whom its clients are). To be sure, there is sensitive material being discussed, but the [...]

Apr 142014
 

Alan Friel of BakerHostetler writes: SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature.  This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students.  It would drastically expand the privacy protections of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state equivalents, which impose [...]