Apr 302011
 April 30, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Kevin Koeninger reports:

A Muslim American can pursue Privacy Act claims against the government after she was detained at the Canadian border because she was mistakenly classified in a federal computer system as “armed and dangerous,” the 6th Circuit ruled.

Julia Shearson lives in Ohio and works as a regional office director for national nonprofit dedicated to Muslim civil rights. As Shearson was driving into New York with her 4-year-old daughter from a weekend trip to Canada in 2006, Border Patrol agents handcuffed and detained her for several hours.

When they had scanned the mother and daughter’s passports, a Customs computer flashed “ARMED AND DANGEROUS.”

Read more on Courthouse News.

Apr 302011
 April 30, 2011  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance

Jennifer Lynch writes:

EFF recently received documents from the FBI that reveal details about the depth of the agency’s electronic surveillance capabilities and call into question the FBI’s controversial effort to push Congress to expand the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) for greater access to communications data. The documents we received were sent to us in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request we filed back in 2007 after Wired reported on evidence that the FBI was able to use “secret spyware” to track the source of e-mailed bomb threats against a Washington state high school. The documents discuss a tool called a “web bug” or a “Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier” (CIPAV),1 which seems to have been in use since at least 2001.2

Read more on EFF.

Apr 292011
 April 29, 2011  Posted by  Court, Online, Surveillance

Gavin Dunaway reports:

Another page is turned in the Flash Cookies saga. Yesterday a federal judge dismissed a suit against Specific Media over its use of Flash Cookies after determining the plaintiffs had no legal basis to support their claims.

Last August, six web users filed suit against Specific Media in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California for using Flash Cookies for tracking purposes and thereby violating federal and state wiretap laws.

Read more on ADOTAS. The ruling does not seem to be up on PACER yet.

Apr 292011
 April 29, 2011  Posted by  Court, Online, Youth & Schools

The Associated Press reports:

The former college student charged with invasion of privacy in the Rutgers webcam suicide case is seeking to have her criminal record erased.

The Homes News Tribune of East Brunswick reports court records show Molly Wei has applied to enter the pretrial intervention program. The program allows nonviolent offenders to expunge their records if they complete probation-like conditions.

Read more on NBC New York.