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District Court Rules Virginia Law Protecting Social Security Numbers Unconstitutional As Applied to Watchdog Website By Jon Choate — Edited by Daniel Ray Ostergren v. McDonnell E.D. Va. No. 3:08cv362 Slip Opinion (hosted by the ACLU) On August 22, 2008, Judge Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found § 59.1-443.2 of the Virginia Code to violate the First Amendment as applied to Betty J. Ostergren’s website The Virginia Watchdog. The court granted ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 2 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
D. Mass: MIT Students’ Security Presentation Merits Temporary Restraining Order By Jon Choate – Edited by Dan Ray  Mass. Bay Transp. Auth. v. Anderson D. Mass., August 9th, 2008, No. 08-11364-GAO Temporary Restraining Order (Hosted by EFF)   On August 9th, Judge Woodlock of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts granted the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) a temporary restraining order against Zack Anderson, RJ Ryan, and Alessandro Chiesa, undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”). The order ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 15 - 2008 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Third Circuit Holds Child Online Protection Act Unconstitutional By Anna Lamut – Edited by Nicola Carah ACLU v. Mukasey Third Circuit, July 22, 2008, No. 07-2539 Slip Opinion On July 22, the Third Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s decision, finding that the Child Online Protection Act (“COPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 231, violated the First and Fifth Amendment, and permanently enjoined its enforcement. COPA imposes civil and criminal penalties for anyone who, “for commercial purposes,” knowingly posts “material ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 3 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Third Circuit Vacates FCC Fine By Jon Choate — Edited by Stephanie Weiner CBS Corp. v. Federal Communications Commission Third Circuit, July 21 2008, No. 06-3575 Slip Opinion On July 21, the Third Circuit vacated an FCC order fining CBS $550,000 for the nine-sixteenths of one second broadcasting of Janet Jackson’s bare right breast during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004. The court held that the FCC had departed from its prior policy in fining CBS ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 26 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
New Law Expands Government Surveillance Powers By Daniel Ray — Edited by Sarah Sorscher H.R. 6304 — FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Full Text of Enrolled Bill Senate Vote Summary GovTrack.us Summary On July 9, the Senate passed H.R. 6034, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and President George W. Bush signed it into law the following day. The new law modifies the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”) to expand (subject to certain new checks) the federal government’s ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2008 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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