Jun 272011
 June 27, 2011  Posted by  Business, Online, Surveillance

Dan Goodin reports:

The US government filed more than twice as many demands for data about Google users than another other country in the past six months, according to figures the search behemoth supplied Monday.What’s more, according to the Google Transparency Report, Google fully or partially complied with the US demands in 94 percent of the cases, a rate that was higher than responses to any other government.

Read more on The Register.

Jun 272011
 June 27, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Mark Sherman reports:

The Supreme Court will weigh in on an important privacy issue for the digital age: whether the police need a warrant before using a global positioning system device to track a suspect’s movements.

The justices said Monday they will hear the Obama administration’s appeal of a court ruling that favored a criminal defendant. The federal appeals court in Washington overturned a criminal conviction because the police had no warrant for the GPS device they secretly installed on a man’s car.

Read more on The News Tribune

Jun 272011
 June 27, 2011  Posted by  Misc, Surveillance

The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security.

Reports of the incident took hold in social media, with scores of comments on the topic and reposts appearing hourly on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The TSA released a statement Sunday defending its agents’ actions at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

Read more on Chicago Tribune.

This is so absolutely appalling and degrading that words fail. Is there no degradation too debasing to be justified in the name of security? Can we restore some sanity and common sense, please?