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

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 272014

Scott McIntyre and Erika Spears write: The grocery business may be “fresh and easy,” but drafting a confidentiality and data protection policy that withstands the scrutiny of the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not.  The NLRB, in its recent 2-1  Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union decision, [...]

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 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 [...]

Aug 222014

From their press release: As schools increasingly rely on data to improve education, and as teachers increasingly rely on technology in the classroom to improve the learning experience, privacy concerns are being raised about the collection and use of student data. With ‘back to school’ now in full-swing, and to address both the promise and [...]

Aug 212014

The Identity Project posted this last week: A  lawsuit filed today  in Federal District Court in Michigan challenges “the widespread government practice of placing names on watch lists without providing individuals with any notice of the factual basis for their placement and without offering a meaningful opportunity to contest the designation.” Read more on Papers, [...]