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Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?

Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department didn’t like that requirement and complained. It looks like it worked as the bill is just a shadow of its …

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Wants Reddit’s Help In Crafting New Bill

Reddit is something of an unstoppable force on the Internet. The site has attracted the attention of those big and small, and even the President dropped by for an AMA. It’s an incredibly influential site, and one lawmaker wants to leverage that power in crafting a new bill. The Hill reports that Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, the sponsor behind …

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Senate Kills Cybersecurity Bill One Last Time

Cybersecurity has become somewhat of a buzzword in Washington over the last year. Various government agencies and lawmakers from both sides have made it clear that something needs to be done about cybersecurity. Their efforts resulted in CISPA and CSA – two equally reviled bills that sacrificed privacy in favor of more government regulation of private communications. CISPA passed in …

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Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree?

Think about how often you use the internet. Seriously, just think about it for a second. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people would severely underestimate their dependence. Sure, maybe you don’t really get on Facebook or Twitter all that often. Maybe you’re not an online gamer. But when’s the last time you sent an email? Looked …

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Guys, Stop Instagramming Your Ballots. Seriously.

I know you’re excited about voting. It’s not only our democratic right and duty, but it’s a privilege. Quick tip: If you want to convince yourself of the importance of voting, just imagine for a second that you were unable to vote. Or prohibited. Still not convinced? What’s your reason for not voting? Whatever your excuse, I guarantee it sucks. …

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Google’s President of Operations Arrested in Brazil over YouTube Spat, According to Reports [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Google has not commented on Coelho, but a spokesperson told me that they are taking action on the ruling to remove the aforementioned videos: “Google is appealing the court’s decision to remove a video from YouTube because, as a platform, we are not responsible for the content uploaded to our site.” ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Well, that didn’t take long. Less …

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Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Google President of Operations over Video Removal Request

In another international case of countries attempting to hold companies responsible for “offensive” content hosted by one of their sites, a Brazilian judge has actually ordered the arrest of one Google employee. On Monday, Judge Flavio Peren ordered the arrest of Google’s President of Operations in the country, Fabio Jose Silva Coelho. The order came after the failure of Google …

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California Driverless Car Bill to Be Signed into Law at Google HQ

UPDATE: It’s been signed. Late last month, California’s SB 1298 landed on the Governor’s desk after being passed in both the Senate and the Assembly (37-0, 74-2, respectively). And today, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign the bill into law at Google Headquarters in Mountain View. Sergey Brin will be there, and you can watch the event at 1 pm …

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Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today

A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an update to another outdated bill into the discussion. Leahy wants to fix the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The bill was …

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Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today

Have you ever wondered why you can’t share what you’re watching on Netflix via Facebook? You can thank VPPA for that. The Video Privacy Protection Act was introduced in 1984 in response to a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records being made public. The bill made sense at the time, but it just doesn’t seem to make sense in our …

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Lawyer Posts Photo of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Quickly Leads to Mistrial

We’ve seen plenty of stories over the last few years involving court proceedings, social media, and how the two often run up against each other. We’ve seen a couple of cases that have gotten thrown out due to juries with impatient Twitter thumbs. We also saw a recent case where a young girl was nearly held in contempt for tweeting …

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ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct

The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the case, Earl Staley, was reportedly using his cellphone to record the activity of the officers, who were mistreating members of …

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