Jun 302010
 June 30, 2010  Posted by  Business

Sean Brooks of CDT writes:

Today we filed a complaint with the FTC and multiple state attorney generals’ offices against online data broker and aggregator Spokeo, Inc. We hope the FTC will view this complaint as an opportunity to tackle the growing issue of online — and offline — data aggregators offering unregulated consumer profiles.

Read more on CDT.


Grant Gross of IDG has more on this.

Jun 302010
 June 30, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Tracey Tyler reports:

As crews dismantle the massive security fence from the G20 summit, questions are piling up about a secret cabinet decision giving police immense power to search and arrest anyone within five metres of the barrier.

Legal experts say a regulation authorizing the searches could be vulnerable to attack not just for potentially violating Charter protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

Read more in the Toronto Star.

Thanks to Sharon Polsky for providing this link.

Jun 302010
 June 30, 2010  Posted by  Surveillance

emptywheel blogs about Elena Kagan’s statements about warrantless surveillance during her confirmation hearings:

From Elena Kagan’s first comments about Cheney’s illegal wiretapping program yesterday (at 2:10), it sounds almost like she’d vote for rule of law in the al-Haramain case (though the case is probably in the gray area of cases on which she should recuse herself).

Read more on emptywheel and watch the relevant coverage from the hearing yesterday:

Jun 302010
 June 30, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Siba Matti reports:

A decision to give council officials access to confidential police details about members of the public has come under fire from a civil liberties group.

Seven staff members at Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have been granted special powers, including access to the police national computer – which holds sensitive information including previous arrests, cautions and convictions.

Four environment officers, two housing officers and an animal control enforcement officer are now able to ask for the name and address of anyone suspected of causing anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance, such as minor offences including leaving car alarms unattended.

Read more in the Uxbridge Gazette.