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Wikimedia Sues NSA for Upstream Surveillance

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Wikimedia Foundation filed a suit against the NSA challenging the constitutionality of upstream surveillance programs, which allow the NSA to communicate by Americans and persons abroad. The claim, which was joined by eight other human rights organizations, challenges NSA’s actions as violations of the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

ACLU and EFF Protest the Constitutionality of Williamson County Schools’ Technology Policy

By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jesse Goodwin

The ACLU of Tennessee and EFF wrote a letter to the superintendent and board of Williamson County Schools in response to its new technology policy. The letter raises concerns about portions of the policy that would limit students’ right to freely use social media even when outside the school and would permit students’ devices to be searched with few restrictions, in violation of students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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Posted On Nov - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

SDNY Magistrate Grants Government Search Warrant for Full Access to Suspect’s Gmail Account in Criminal Investigation

By Kellen Wittkop – Edited by Travis West

In an opinion that conflicts with decisions from the DC District Court and the District of Kansas, a SDNY magistrate granted the government’s search warrant for full access to a criminal investigation suspect’s Gmail account.

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Posted On Aug - 5 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The PCLOB’s Recommendations for a More Reasonable Surveillance Program
By Max Kwon – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

The PCLOB issued a report analyzing the legal and policy implications of Section 702 of the FISA. The Board issued recommendations addressing various concerns, such as targeting and tasking, U.S. person queries, and upstream and “about” collection. Although the Board unanimously concluded that the core program of Section 702 is both reasonable and valuable, the report appears to be largely condemned by civil liberties advocates and scholars.

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Posted On Jul - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court: Police Officers Need a Warrant to Search an Arrestee’s Cell Phone
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court decided that police officers “must generally secure a warrant before conducting . . . a search of the information on a cell phone” seized from an individual who has been arrested. Slip op. at 10. Writing for a unanimous Court, Chief Justice Roberts found that an officer’s search of a cell phone “implicate[s] privacy concerns far beyond those implicated by the search of . . . physical items.” Id. at 17.

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Posted On Jul - 7 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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