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City, Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Parody Tweeter

City, Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Parody Tweeter

By Josh Wolford June 13, 2014

The ACLU has taken up the case of a Peoria, Illinois man who is suing the city and its Mayor for violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights. 29-year-old Jon Daniel is suing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis (shown above), …

Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill
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There’s not a lack of online privacy protection bills floating around Congress at the moment, but it can’t hurt to have one more. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, or S. 1037, to …

IRS Says It Obtains Warrants When Searching Emails IRS Says It Obtains Warrants When Searching Emails

Late last week, the ACLU reported that the IRS probably obtained emails without a warrant. The group came to this conclusion after an agency handbook from 2009 said that Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Now …

Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself

It was revealed earlier this week that the IRS probably digs through your email without a warrant during its investigations. It’s able to do this thanks to the outdated ECPA which allows government agencies to obtain emails that are more …

IRS Says Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply To Email IRS Says Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply To Email
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The IRS runs a number of tax audits each year, and as such, has to obtain information on private citizens. If the information is in a physical format, the agency must obtain a warrant to access it. If it’s stored …

Twitter Appeals Occupy Wall Street Tweet Ruling Twitter Appeals Occupy Wall Street Tweet Ruling

When a New York judge ruled that Malcolm Harris did not have fourth amendment protections for his tweets because they are not physical property, Twitter had every reason to just give up and let the courts have the tweets. Instead, …

Twitter Defends User In Court Over Tweets Twitter Defends User In Court Over Tweets
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We reported last month on Malcolm Harris, a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his attempt to have a tweet subpoena quashed. The judge in the case denied his motion saying that Tweets are not physical property and …

Nobody Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There Nobody Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (in U.S. v. Jones) that the warrantless tracking of U.S. citizens via GPS devices is illegal. Following the decision, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies rushed to turn off approximately 3,000 trackers …

EFF Reminds AT&T What It Said The First Time

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a reminder to AT&T (and the rest of us) that at one time the company resisted government pressure to spy on US citizens, and even publicized it.