Police routinely misuse state and federal databases to stalk romantic interests, business partners, family, and even each other

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New research put out by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed systemic police misuse of access to confidential and private information. The AP sent FOIA requests to police departments across the United States to find out about police misuse of …

EFF to law enforcement (and judges): Please remember that an IP address is not enough evidence for a search warrant or subpoena

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a whitepaper titled: Unreliable Informants: IP Addresses, Digital Tips and Police Raids. The EFF asks law enforcement to consider IP address “evidence” as nothing more than a rumor floating around the Internet and …

The UK National Cyber Security Centre wants to build a “Great Firewall of Britain”

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London Bridge isn’t falling, but it seems that a “Great Firewall of Britain” might be going up. Ciaran Martin, CEO of United Kingdom’s new cybersecurity watchdog, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), announced plans for a government/industry formed DNS firewall to …

European Commission introduces copyright on links; presents worthless copyright harshening proposal for the EU

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The European Commission has finally presented its long-awaited copyright reform proposal. It ignores everything positive the European Parliament demanded in the earlier Reda report, and doubles down on introducing copyright for links. The European Commission’s proposal has been published. While …

Indian Judge clarifies that visiting blocked websites, like one for torrents, isn’t illegal

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The Indian government has clarified that simply visiting blocked websites, viewing a torrent magnet link, or streaming a pirated movie is not illegal and will not result in fines or imprisonment. The High Court of Bombay has ordered Tata Communications …