Aug 312011
 August 31, 2011  Posted by  Business, Court, Surveillance

Kim Zetter reports:

An Ohio woman and her boyfriend can sue a laptop-tracking company that recorded their sexually explicit communications in an effort to identify thieves who stole the computer the woman was using.

U.S. District Judge Walter Rice ruled last week against Absolute Software, which provides software and services for tracking stolen computers. Absolute sought a summary judgment in its favor, insisting that one of its theft recovery agents acted properly when he captured sexually explicit images of Susan Clements-Jeffrey communicating via webcam with her boyfriend and passed them to police in an effort to recover the stolen computer.


Aug 312011
 August 31, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that it was important for children to learn about data privacy and freedom of information (FOI) rights, and that both “should be embedded in the formal education process”.

The ICO is responsible for ensuring organisations comply with UK data protection laws, FOI laws and regulations on privacy and electronic communications. It said that it was imperative that children learned about privacy after revealing the details of research into the use of social networks by students.

A survey of more than 4,000 young people showed that 88% of secondary school students and 39% of primary school pupils have a social networking site profile, the ICO said. Most respondents had not read the sites’ privacy policies, almost a third did not know what one was, and nearly a quarter said they did not know where to find the information, it said.


Aug 312011
 August 31, 2011  Posted by  Business, Court

Carolyn Thompson reports:

A man suing for part ownership of Facebook must give lawyers for the social networking company access to every email he’s exchanged since 2003, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Richard Arcara denied Paul Ceglia’s request to delay Facebook’s access to his emails so he could object on privacy grounds. It was the latest in a series of court rulings that have gone Facebook’s way as the Palo-Alto, Calif.-based company and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, aggressively defend against Ceglia’s claims that Zuckerberg signed away half of Facebook before it got off the ground.

Read more on Bloomberg Businessweek.

Aug 272011
 August 27, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

From EFF:

9th Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments in Hepting v. AT&T and Jewel v. NSA

Seattle – On Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m., the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle will hear oral argument
from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in Hepting v.AT&T and Jewel v. NSA — EFF’s two cases challenging the
government’s illegal mass surveillance of millions ofordinary Americans’ private communications.

At stake in Wednesday’s hearing is whether the courts can judge the legality and constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) bulk interception of Americans’ phone calls and emails, accomplished through back-door access to AT&T’s domestic telecom network and its databases of communications records. The government has argued that the NSA program should be immune from judicial scrutiny because litigation over the spying — which has been the subject of widespread and detailed reporting and debate for over half a decade — would cause the disclosure of “state secrets” and harm national security.

More than five years ago, EFF filed Hepting v AT&T, the first lawsuit against a telecom aimed at stopping the government’s dragnet domestic wiretapping. In 2008, when Congress passed legislation that threatened to end the Hepting case, EFF filed Jewel v. NSA — a case directly against the government and government officials. On Wednesday, EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn in the Hepting case and Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston in the Jewel case will urge the appeals court to allow the lawsuits to proceed so that the courts can finally apply the rule of law to the NSA’s dragnet surveillance program.

Hepting v. AT&T
Jewel v. NSA

Wednesday, August 31
2 p.m.

William K. Nakamura Courthouse
1010 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
7th Floor, Court #2

For more background on the hearing: