Litigation (Non-Arizona) | Privacy

Baltimore Pays $245,000 & Changes Its Policy after Cops Confiscate Video of Cops

The Baltimore Sun:  “The Baltimore Police Department has instituted a new policy that prohibits officers from stopping people from taping or photographing police actions, the agency said Wednesday.  The new rules were unveiled as the city agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who says police seized his cellphone and…

Loss of Freedom | Privacy

Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s

New York Times:  “For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of…

Privacy

Test Reveals Tech Giants Snooping Email

Mail Online:  “Test ‘reveals Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails‘: Study of net giants spurs new privacy concerns.  Facebook, Twitter and Google have been caught snooping on messages sent across their networks, new research claims, prompting campaigners to express concerns over privacy.   The findings emerged from an experiment conducted following revelations by US security…

Current Events | Loss of Freedom | Privacy

What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy

Wall St. Journal:  “An entrenched surveillance state will change and distort the balance that allows free government to function successfully. Broad and intrusive surveillance will, definitively, put government in charge. But a republic only works . . . if public officials know that they—and the government itself—answer to the citizens. It doesn’t work, and is…

Privacy | US Law

The Protection Against Unreasonable Search And Seizure And The US Supreme Court

Law.com:  “I long have believed that the best predictor of whether the U.S. Supreme Court finds a violation of the Fourth Amendment is whether the justices could imagine it happening to them. For example, the Supreme Court upheld drug-testing requirements in every case until it considered a Georgia law that required that high-level government officials…

Current Events | Privacy | Social Media Law | US Law

Free Speech Concerns Not Limited To the Public – Marine Fights Discharge For Disparaging Obama Comments

Thehill.com: “The case of a Marine who is facing discharge for posting disparaging comments about President Obama on Facebook has renewed a debate about free speech rights for members of the military.”  For more about the latest controversy in free speech issues, the entire article is here.

Privacy | Social Media Law

Can Potential Employers Ask For Your Facebook Password?

ABA Journal:  Citing “a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles,” Facebook’s chief privacy officer warned in a Friday post on the social network’s website that the company could “initiate legal action” against employers who do so. The comment by Erin Egan suggested that information…