September 2nd, 2013
For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. Read [...]
August 28th, 2013
Today’s report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that the National Security Agency’s spying tools extend deep into the domestic U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, giving the agency a surveillance structure with the ability to cover the majority of Internet traffic in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials and other people familiar with the [...]
August 27th, 2013
A federal judge today signed off on a settlement in which Facebook is agreeing to pay as $20 million to settle a lawsuit brought by users who appeared in the social-networking site’s “Sponsored Stories” advertising program without their permission. Read more..
August 22nd, 2013
WASHINGTON – A federal judge sharply rebuked the National Security Agency in 2011 for repeatedly misleading the court that oversees its surveillance on domestic soil, including a program that is collecting tens of thousands of domestic e-mails and other Internet communications of Americans each year, according to a secret ruling made public on Wednesday. Read [...]
August 8th, 2013
“The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials,” The New York Times reported Thursday. Read more..
July 25th, 2013
Google Inc. must identify an anonymous blogger who has been targeting a New York consumer lawyer online, a state court judge says. A stipulated order (PDF) issued earlier this month in the Manhattan Supreme Court case still offered some wiggle room, should the blogger respond. But, if not,.. Read more..
July 17th, 2013
As license-plate readers proliferate, law enforcement and private business are pooling surveillance data in light of a hodgepodge of conflicting guidelines on how long they may retain the data, which is often being marketed for profit, according to a report … Read more..
July 3rd, 2013
Prosecutors are shifting their focus to warrantless cell-tower locational tracking of criminal suspects in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling 18 months ago that law enforcement should acquire probable-cause warrants from judges to affix GPS devices to vehicles to … Read more..
July 3rd, 2013
WASHINGTON – Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. Read more..
June 21st, 2013
With little fanfare, Montana became the first state to require police to obtain a warrant before tracking the location of a suspect in a criminal investigation through his cell phone. Read more..