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Federal Judge Denies Warrant Request For Mass Fingerprinting

A federal judge has denied a request from the government to compel all people in a building to give up their fingerprints to unlock Apple iOS devices. Judge M. David…

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FCC Publishes Broadband Privacy Rules

The Federal Communications Commission(FCC) has adopted new rules which broadband providers must adhere to regarding the privacy of customer data. The FCC has published a press release as well as…

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Illinois Law Mandates Warrants For Stingray Use

Illinois will soon require that police obtain a warrant before using cell-site simulators. Under a law signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, police now have to demonstrate probable cause to obtain…

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Brazil’s Highest Court Overturns Third WhatsApp Block

For the third time in the last eight months, a Brazilian judge has ordered wireless service providers to block WhatsApp. The encrypted messaging app is once again being targeted because…

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Second Circuit Rules Domestic Warrants Don’t Apply to Foreign Servers

The Second Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to turn over data held on servers located outside the US. The court found that the…

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Federal Judge Suppresses Stingray Evidence Obtained Without Warrant

District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan has suppressed evidence collected by the use of stingrays because the agency did not first obtain a warrant. This is the first time a federal…

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US Congress Tried, and Failed, to Strengthen the Patriot Act

While the cat is away, the mice will play, so to speak. Public outcry has determined the fate of unpopular bills in the past, so Congress appeared to be hoping…

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Twitter Shuts Down Tweet Archive PostGhost

Twitter has sent a cease and desist to PostGhost for breaking Twitter’s terms of service. As a result, PostGhost will no longer archive tweets made by public figures. This situation…

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[Updated] Hacker May Have Leaked Data From 80K Amazon Kindle Accounts

A hacker using the handle 0x2Taylor has released a data dump containing information from 80,000 Amazon Kindle users. The dump is being hosted by the file hosting site MEGA. 0x2Taylor…

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Expansion on FBI Surveillance

The US Senate has narrowly rejected a bill to expand FBI surveillance. The bill would expand the FBI’s use of national security letters (NSL). NSLs allow the FBI to demand…

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