Law enforcement intelligence-processing fusion centers have long come under attack for spying on Americans. The Arkansas director wanted to clarify the truth: centers only spies on some Americans – those who appear to be a threat to the government.Read more »
If a person commits suicide, and they felt pushed to do so, does that make the person or persons that pushed them, or harassed them, an accomplice; and should they be held accountable as accomplices? Perhaps this is a topic that can be opened for discussion on the show? How many people have committed suicide due to similar circumstances, that the general public is not even aware of? Perhaps, their names can be added here, under "comments" so they can be remembered? Can people be bullied to death?Read more »
The death of innocent bystanders in foreign nations has been accepted in a very nonchalant manner.... But again, will we be so nonchalant if we frame this question in the light of homeland drone strikes? Will we care so little if it is our own schools and children being blown away by disconnected men hundreds or thousands of miles away?Read more »
Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.Read more »
Burning Man fans say cops too heavy-handed
Burned at Burning Man? Revelers say heavy hand of law a downer at Nevada desert festival
David Levin represents entrepreneurs, investors and developers in his legal practice.Read more »
Is Microsoft Spying On You Via Skype Or Not?
Back in May, we brought you news that Microsoft had moved Skype from P2P to its own dedicated Linux-based servers. At the time, it was funny because Microsoft was using Linux servers instead of Windows Servers to host Skype, but things have become a little more worrisome since then.Read more »
Three former NSA officials, who were previously targeted by the federal government for leaking details about the NSA’s domestic spying program, have resurfaced to provide evidence in a lawsuit against the agency.Read more »
Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers’ cellphone records in 2011, an alarming surge over previous years that reflected the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology. Cellphone carriers, responding to inquiries from a member of Congress, reported responding to as many as thousands of police requests daily for customers’ locations, text messages and call details, frequently without warrants.Read more »
Twitter said in its first transparency report that the number of government requests for user information or to block content is rising in 2012. "We've received more government requests in the first half of 2012, as outlined in this initial dataset, than in the entirety of 2011," Twitter's legal policy manager Jeremy Kessel said in a blog post on Monday. The overwhelming number of requests came from the United States, accounting for 679 of the 849 requests for user information. In 75 per cent of the US cases, Twitter gave some or all information.Read more »
Let victims of crime track case online, says thinktank
IPPR report calls for details on the progress of cases to be published to bolster public confidence in criminal justice system
TrackMyCrime, a pioneering website set up by Avon and Somerset police, was singled out for praise by the Institute for Public Policy Research. Photograph: Rob Wilkinson/Alamy
Victims of crime in England and Wales should be able to track their case online from the moment it is reported to the point when justice is served, a thinktank has said.Read more »
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