Sep 292014
 

Phil Wilson and Melanie Mason report: Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance. Brown, in his veto message, said that although there may be some circumstances when a warrant is appropriate, the bill went too far. Read more [...]

Sep 272014
 

Natasha Vargas-Cooper reports: Shortly after Arizona’s draconian “Show Me Your Papers” immigration law went into effect in 2012,  Maria del Rosario Cortes, a 31 year-old Mexican national and mother of three, was put in handcuffs, transported to border patrol station, and detained for five days over a traffic violation. Today, her startling treatment became the [...]

Sep 262014
 

John Ribeiro reports: Facebook’s appeal against the collection by law enforcement in New York of bulk user data under a gag order has been accepted. The appellate division, first department of the New York State Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a government move to dismiss the appeal as well as accepted briefs in support of [...]

Sep 262014
 

Martin Kidston reports: A Helena judge has granted author Jon Krakauer’s request to inspect documents he believes are on file with the Montana University System regarding the 2012 disciplinary hearing of University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson. Helena District Court Judge Kathy Seeley granted Krakauer’s motion on Thursday and denied the commissioner of higher education’s request to keep [...]

Sep 252014
 

Michael R. Bertoncini writes: In order to be a “protected computer” within the meaning of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”), the computer must be used in interstate commerce at the time of the allegedly unauthorized access of the computer, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held.  Pine Env. Servs., [...]

Sep 252014
 

Ali Winston of the Center for Investigative Reporting reports: Without notice to the public, Los Angeles County law enforcement officials are preparing to widen what personal information they collect from people they encounter in the field and in jail – by building a massive database of iris scans, fingerprints, mug shots, palm prints and, potentially, [...]