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Civil liberties advocates, bookstores, publishers sue to stop anti revenge porn law

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Those seeking to outlaw revenge porn are now battling a coalition of free-speech advocates who claim the existing laws were thrown together so shabbily, they could arguably be used to criminalize a host of non-vengeful innocents who handle nude images.

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian federal and state police have joined the ranks of mega-data slurpers - namely, the US, where 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies have reportedly used a "tower dump" - ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, regardless of whether or not those people are under investigation.

US court finds warrantless tracking of mobile phones unconstitutional

US court finds warrantless tracking of mobile phones unconstitutional

In what the ACLU calls a "huge victory", an appeals court on Wednesday ruled that such warrantless search violates the US Constitution.

Feds swoop in, snatch mobile phone tracking records away from ACLU

Feds swoop in, snatch mobile phone tracking records away from ACLU

After the Feds seized the surveillance records, US Marshals then moved the physical records 320 miles away, meaning the ACLU wouldn't be able to learn how, and how extensively, police use snooping devices.

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

Riley Stratton was forced to hand over her Facebook and email passwords and, with a police officer in the room, school officials searched her Facebook page for an alleged conversation she had with a boy about sex. Is this a grade-school version of prosecutorial overreach?

Secretive US spy court once again OKs NSA phone record collection

Secretive US spy court once again OKs NSA phone record collection

The secretive spy court that OKs the US National Security Agency's (NSA's) snooping once again gave the agency a thumbs-up to keep collecting phone records in the midst of recent, conflicting court decisions over whether it's legal.

US court dismisses suit brought against border laptop searches

US court dismisses suit brought against border laptop searches‏

A US federal court in New York closed out the year by saying that it's OK for the government to search travelers' electronic devices at border checkpoints without reasonable suspicion that people have done anything wrong, given that "reasonable" takes on a whole new dimension when you're talking about the crucial zone of border crossings.

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

The ACLU joined other legal activist groups to file a brief in what they call a potentially pivotal case in determining whether the government needs a warrant to track our mobile phones.

US upholds the right to search your laptop at the border without warrant

US upholds the right to search your laptop at the border without warrant

A statement put out by the Department of Homeland Security says that hunches and intuition are enough to justify warrantless searches, and it's not explaining anything much beyond that. It goes on to provide Constitutional analysis that's mostly redacted.

Feds snooping on email activity and social networks, without warrants - and it's on the rise

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Documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday show that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have greatly increased surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications – often without a warrant or judicial oversight.

US schools track teens by putting chips into students' ID cards

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Some parents call it an invasion of privacy akin to tracking cattle, and a coalition of privacy and civil liberties organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union has called for a moratorium on the technology. What do you think?

New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years

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Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren't tied to terrorism.

US customs can and will seize laptops and cellphones, demand passwords

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If you don't like the idea of the US government reading the sensitive contents of your computer, you may wish to take steps before you travel there.