This is the second case of someone getting the death penalty from information gained from social networking sites. Would they have had a case without using their personal pages?Read more »
The offending came to light when a hacker got into his Facebook account and began forwarding messages to his contacts. The man and his family approached police to try to find out who the hacker was, and surrendered his computer along with other family members' computers. The police Electronic Crime Laboratory then found the images.Read more »
House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea-party bloc.
The bill to reauthorize key parts of the counter-terrorism surveillance law, which expire at the end of the month, required a super-majority to pass under special rules reserved for non-controversial measures.Read more »
>>President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.
>>It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.Read more »
Police can now read the messages on your phone at will!
A ruling of the California Supreme Court declared that if you are suspected of any wrongdoings, police officers can read the messages on your phone without needing a warrant. It's yet to be seen how this decision, part of the People versus Gregory Diaz case, will be implemented in practice and in the different states.Read more »
The Transportation Security Administration is feeling public heat these days over its combination of whole-body-image scanners and heavy-handed pat-down searches, and deservedly so.
There’s no question that reform is needed to curtail TSA’s excesses. We especially applaud the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s efforts to increase public awareness about the body scanners. But will the heat now being generated produce the kind of light we really need?Read more »
At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.Read more »
David Maurice House, 23, was met by U.S. customs agents as he deplaned at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last Wednesday, according to a report by Salon.com. The agents searched House’s bags, then took him to a detention room and questioned him for 90 minutes about his relationship to 23-year-old Manning, the former Army intelligence officer accused of leaking classified documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks.Read more »
A “Memorandum of Agreement” struck last week between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) promises to increase Pentagon control over America’s telecommunications and electronic infrastructure.Read more »
In his own words, ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts discusses his refusal to go through the AIT (full-body scanners) and enhanced "pat-downs" at Memphis International Airport.Read more »
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