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This morning, Matt Welch took note of the Senate’s bipartisan effort to stop amendments to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 that would make the domestic surveillance program more transparent and require compliance with the Fourth Amendment. (To follow up on Welch’s notes this morning, Sen.
Do you support Truthout's reporting and analysis? Click here to help fund it this week! (Photo: Runs With Scissors ; Edited: JR / TO ) Should police and the government be able to track you by your cell phone GPS without obtaining a search warrant?
Last month I wrote about how cell phone spoofing technology manufacturers are hawking their goods to police departments, advertising the secret sniffing devices as ideal for covertly monitoring protests. We know this because a spook-tech purveyor made the mistake of being forthright about his product with the wrong person: Eric King of Privacy International.
Today the ACLU is launching a nationwide effort to find out more about automatic license plate readers (ALPR).
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs… (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images )
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On TechDirt, Glyn Moody covers the highlights of a new report by Carrie Ellen Sager of infojustice.org that compares the provisions in ACTA, the secretly negotiated copyright treaty currently up for adoption in Europe, the USA and other countries; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a more extreme, more secretive version of ACTA being negotiated by various Pacific Rim countries. On "Technological Protection Measures" TPP has two nasty turns of the infringement screw: TPP goes beyond ACTA by applying provisions on technological protection where circumvention is carried out unknowingly or without reasonable grounds to know. and TPP goes beyond ACTA by explicitly limiting the possible limitations and exclusions to the TPM circumvention rules, while ACTA gives a country free reign to create exceptions and limitations it finds reasonable.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban employers from demanding applicants or workers hand over their log-in information for social media sites like Facebook.
During a panel discussion held for US publishers this week, RIAA chairman Cary Sherman said his association and a number of ISPs—including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—will begin policing traffic to crack down on piracy starting this summer. The deal is not new—the RIAA and the participating ISPs came to this agreement last June . But it has taken time to implement. According to CNET , Sherman explained that "each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system."
Congress is doing it again: they’re proposing overbroad regulations that could have dire consequences for our Internet ecology. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, allows companies or the government free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for “cybersecurity purposes.” Companies are encouraged to share data with the government and with one another, and the government can share data in return.
A coalition of US civil liberties organizations have declared this to be Stop Cyber Spying Week , with the goal of scuttling CISPA, the Internet spying bill that promotes web-censorship, bulk surveillance, and warrantless wiretapping by government and Internet companies, while turning over spying governance to the unaccountable, secretive NSA. CISPA's supporters, notably CISPA sponsor Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), have pooh-poohed the Internet's concerns, and say that the bill is a lock, and nothing we say can change Congress's mind (apparently, they've forgotten the lesson of SOPA). Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation replies with specific, Internet-breaking, out-of-control surveillance scenarios CISPA would create:
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), is a successor, of sorts, to the loathesome SOPA legislative proposal, which was shot down in flames earlier this year.