Posts tagged "law"

Los Angeles Just Proposed the Worst Use of License Plate Reader Data in History

This is my hometown and I am stunned Los Angeles leadership believes this to be a viable option for preventing human trafficking (emphasis added): Councilwoman Martinez feels that prostitution is not a “victimless” crime, and that by discouraging johns, the incidence of the crime can be reduced. Martinez told CBS Los Angeles, “If you aren’t… Continue reading

So What if Terrorists Use Strong Encryption? It Is Still Vital to the Safety of Our Nation

Potent essay in favor of strong encryption even though the US intelligence apparatus would like Americans to believe terrorists use it to hide their communications from law enforcement (demonstrably false in certain circumstances, such as Paris): People who protect liberty have to take care not to imply, much less acknowledge, that the draconian anti-liberty measures… Continue reading

ACLU Asks US Appeals Court to Halt the NSA From Collecting Americans’ Phone Records

The ACLU has asked a US appeals court to halt the NSA from continuing to collect millions of Americans’ phone records prior to its expiration in November: Under the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed in June, new privacy provisions take effect on Nov. 29 that will end the bulk collection, first disclosed by former… Continue reading

Court Can’t Rule on NSA Bulk Data Collection Because They Do Not Know Whose Data Was Collected

An appeals court ruling on NSA bulk data collection rested on an unresolved technicality rather than focusing on the constitutionality of the surveillance aspect of NSA activity. Ultimately what the court ended up saying is they are unable to rule on the bulk collection because there is no way to determine if the plaintiff’s data… Continue reading