May 312016
 May 31, 2016  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

John Gerstein reports on today’s Fourth Circuit opinion in U.S. v. Graham:

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that law enforcement does not need a search warrant before obtaining “cell site” information on the location of a suspect’s mobile phone.

The full bench of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 12-3, that investigators can get the information under the legal theory that it has been disclosed to third parties — in such instances, telephone companies.

“The Supreme Court may in the future limit, or even eliminate, the third-party doctrine. Congress may act to require a warrant for CSLI [cell site location information.] But without a change in controlling law, we cannot conclude that the Government violated the Fourth Amendment in this case,” Judge Diana Motz wrote in the court’s majority opinion.

Read more on Politico.

May 312016
 May 31, 2016  Posted by  Business, Online

Joe Cadillic sends along this outrageous situation from Utah. File it in your “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!” files.

Mike Anderson reports:

Some tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment complex are fuming over a new lease agreement that requires tenants to “like” the complex on Facebook.

Tenants of the City Park Apartments told KSL that a “Facebook addendum” showed up taped to their doors Thursday night.

The contract requires tenants to friend the City Park Apartments on Facebook within five days, or be found in breach of the rental agreement, though some of the tenants already signed a lease agreement months ago.

The document also includes a release allowing the apartment to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on the page.

Read more on KSL.

May 302016
 May 30, 2016  Posted by  Misc

Sharona Coutts reports:

Women who have visited almost any abortion clinic in the United States have seen anti-choice protesters outside, wielding placards and chanting abuse. A Boston advertiser’s technology, when deployed by anti-choice groups, allows those groups to send propaganda directly to a woman’s phone while she is in a clinic waiting room.

Read more on Rewire.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

May 302016
 May 30, 2016  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance

Joe Cadillic has posted the third part of his series on “VACCINE” on MassPrivateI. If you missed the first two parts of his series, you might want to start with them:

Part 1: DHS/Police are turning public CCTV cameras into surveillance cameras.

Part 2: School kids from K-12 are being indoctrinated into accepting DHS’s ‘VACCINE’ spying program, Part 2

In Part 3, Joe not only goes into more detail about how many universities are collaborating with DHS on VACCINE (and why is Boy Scouts of America involved?!), but he also talks about other programs that you may never have heard about (I certainly haven’t): GeoVISTACrimeVizSensePlace2JigsawGARI MERGEcgSARVA and Scatterblog.  And did you know about VALET? Joe writes:

VALET helps cops spy on community events and public transportation.

VALET can also be used to spy on social media, public transportation etc.

Read more on MassPrivateI.