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Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Last year, prosecutors in Manhattan held Facebook up by the ankles and shook out personal data on 381 users. A judge last week said that it's up to the targeted users to complain about privacy invasion, not data-repository Facebook. But how are they supposed to stand up for their rights if they're never told about the sealed warrants to begin with?

Feds argue for warrantless phone search to avoid suspects kill-switching evidence

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For a long time, the law has been demanding kill-switch technology as a way to thwart mobile phone theft. But in a recent brief to the Supreme Court, the DOJ cares much more about grabbing evidence before a suspect bricks or wipes his phone.

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.

US judge orders NSA to stop collecting phone metadata

US judge orders NSA to stop collecting phone metadata

The judge said that the NSA's collection technology is "almost Orwellian" and is likely unconstitutional. His injunction to cease data collection is stayed to give the US government time to appeal - a process that could take six months.

Privacy's gone when posting child abuse images to a P2P network, US judge rules

Privacy's gone when posting child abuse images to a P2P network, US judge rules

A US court has turned the tables on child predators who use technology to share images of the abuse, ruling that investigators' use of an automated search tool to ferret out known child porn images was not a violation of the defendants' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search.

Warrantless GPS tracking of vehicles is unconstitutional, US court rules

Warrantless GPS tracking of vehicles is unconstitutional, US court rules

Slapping a tracker on a car without having established probable cause goes against the Fourth Amendment, the US Court of Appeals has ruled.

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.

"Government seeks a warrant to hack" - US judge gives his decision

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Do you usually shy away from legal documents?

Well, here's one that's well worth reading: it deals very interestingly with the zone in which busting cybercrooks and protecting privacy intersect...

Convicted sex offender let off the hook for child abuse image collection

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Inadvertent exposure of files on an unsecured wireless network doesn't justify the search that found them, an Oregon judge ruled, reversing his previous conviction of a sex offender.

Police can imitate your drug dealer to text you from his phone

Police can imitate your drug dealer to text you from his phone

A US court has decreed that sending texts using a seized iPhone while impersonating the phone's owner doesn't violate privacy rights.

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.