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School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the …

Supreme Court to Rule on Unwarranted Cell Searches Supreme Court to Rule on Unwarranted Cell Searches
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President Obama addressed recent outrage over unwarranted cell phone searches by police in a speech he gave at the Department of Justice on Friday. The President’s statement comes at a time when there has been much public debate over the …

Restore The Fourth Is Your July Fourth Protest Against The NSA Restore The Fourth Is Your July Fourth Protest Against The NSA
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Does the NSA violate the Fourth Amendment with its data collection programs? A secret FISA court doesn’t think so, but plenty of Internet companies and civil rights organizations do. That’s why they’re planning a nationwide protest on the biggest four …

Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That
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Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate …

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill Sen. 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 Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before 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 …

The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your 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 Occupy Tweets Twitter Defends User In Court Over Occupy 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 Really Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There Nobody Really 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.