Mar 312017
 March 31, 2017  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Liz Fuller reports:

On March 27, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili signed into law a package of legislation intended to formalize mechanisms to preclude abuse of the technical capacity to monitor and record electronic communications for security purposes, and which he had vetoed one week earlier.

The Georgian parliament promptly overturned that veto, whereupon the Constitutional Court rejected Margvelashvili’s rationale that certain provisions of the various bills are unconstitutional. Margvelashvili refuses to admit defeat, however: according to his parliamentary secretary Ana Dolidze, he will continue to liaise with those groups that are determined to have the law amended.

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Mar 312017
 March 31, 2017  Posted by  Business, Laws, U.S.

Jon Brodkin reports:

Legislation approved by the Minnesota House and Senate this week would prevent ISPs from collecting personal information without written approval from customers. The quick action came in response to the US House and Senate voting to eliminate nationwide rules that would have forced ISPs to get consent from Americans before using or selling Web browsing history and app usage history for advertising purposes.

When the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday discussed a budget bill, it added an amendment that says ISPs may not “collect personal information from a customer resulting from the customer’s use of the telecommunications or Internet service provider without express written approval from the customer.” The amendment would also prohibit ISPs from refusing to provide services to customers who do not approve collection of personal information.

Read more on Ars Technica.

Mar 312017
 March 31, 2017  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Jim Saunders reports:

In what is likely a first-of-its-kind case in Florida, a divided appeals court said authorities needed a warrant before they could download information recorded in a car’s “black box.”

The ruling by a panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal approved a defendant’s request to suppress evidence that police retrieved from such a device in 2013 in a DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide case in Palm Beach County. More broadly, the ruling reflects a type of question that courts face as more and more information is captured on electronic devices.