• Nov 13, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

A federal court in Boston has ruled that suspicionless searches of the smartphones and laptops of travelers violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) worked together to achieve this new precedent. The ACLU released the welcome news on November 12th, calling the court … Continue reading “Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border”

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  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

Authorities around the world have been calling for backdoors to be added to strong encryption for years – part of an even older battle. The view among all top security experts is that this is a very bad idea, since it is likely to add extra vulnerabilities to systems, which weakens the security for everyone. … Continue reading “The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous”

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  • Nov 2, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Privacy is constantly under threat; here are ways communities can help to protect it locally

Stories about privacy have a depressing tendency to be about its loss, and the increasing threats to it in the future. Perhaps we need to spend more time thinking about how to protect it, to prevent the loss and head off the threats. That’s easier said than done, since the latter come from many quarters, … Continue reading “Privacy is constantly under threat; here are ways communities can help to protect it locally”

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  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Opening the black boxes: algorithmic bias and the need for accountability

Here on Privacy News Online we’ve written a number of stories about the privacy implications of DNA. There’s an important case going through the Californian courts at the moment that involves DNA and privacy, but whose ramifications go far beyond those issues: “In this case, a defendant was linked to a series of rapes by … Continue reading “Opening the black boxes: algorithmic bias and the need for accountability”

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  • Sep 23, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

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

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 to please “conduct additional investigation to verify and corroborate the physical location” before applying for … Continue reading “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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  • Jun 21, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

Join the EFF against the Rule 41 update which lets federal judges unconstitutionally hack you

A proposed amendment to Rule 41 of United States Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure could grant blatantly unconstitutional rights to American judges. The proposed new powers would allow US federal judges to grant search warrants for remote access of a target computer in cases where“the district where the media or information is located has been … Continue reading “Join the EFF against the Rule 41 update which lets federal judges unconstitutionally hack you”

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