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Dropbox Petitions FISA For Right To Disclose National Security Requests
2013-09-25 05:39:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Cloud storage provider Dropbox has joined Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn and others in seeking permission to publish the number of national security requests it has received from the federal government, and the number of users those requests involve. The company filed a petition with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court this week seeking confirmation that it has the right to disclose the exact number...

Edward Snowden Email Service Shut Down Amid Pressure From Secret Court
2013-08-09 10:01:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Former NSA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines when he leaked documents detailing the American government’s surveillance programs. Now the email service that Snowden used to privately communicate with human rights workers and lawyers has shut down amid pressure from a secret US court. The email client, Lavabit, claimed that the decision to shut the service down is confounded by the fact that the site is...

2013-07-02 23:22:37

Did Colorado Federal Court Knowingly Allow Violation of Citizens' Rights to Privacy, Asks A Just Cause (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 A Just Cause continues to investigate a federal case in Colorado that involved six Colorado business executives who were convicted of mail and wire fraud charges in 2011. The six executives, who represented themselves pro se, have maintained their innocence throughout. The six executives (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, David A. Zirpolo,...

Google Wants Transparency In Data-Mining Request Release
2013-06-19 09:58:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Several Internet companies, including Apple and Yahoo, have released the number of data requests they´ve received from the government as a part of investigations and PRISM, the data-mining program used by the National Security Agency (NSA). However, one Internet giant -- Google -- has been noticeably absent in releasing these figures following a plea to the Attorney General and FBI to allow them to include Foreign Intelligence...

Google Sued By Justice Department For Warrantless Access To User Records
2013-06-01 05:54:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Department of Justice secretly filed a lawsuit in April attempting to force Google to give them access to user records without a search warrant, various media outlets have learned. CNET´s Declan McCullagh, who broke the story on Friday, said that the lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan courtroom back on April 22 and “offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal...

EFF Report Finds Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Doesn't
2013-05-02 11:32:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Internet plays a significant role in the lives of many people. This means these users are asking several companies to keep their personal information – addresses, credit card numbers, current location – safe from intruders or even the government. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday released their annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, a sort of report card which scores the...

Federal Government Challenged By Google On Warrantless Data Requests
2013-04-05 10:07:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Google has taken the extraordinary step of becoming the first major company to openly challenge in court the federal government´s warrantless electronic data-gathering. On March 29, the company filed a rare petition under seal in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, challenging a national security letter (NSL) issued by the government to obtain private data about one or more of its users. NSLs allow the federal...

Surveillance-free ISP Promises Privacy Over Profits
2012-04-12 05:56:23

An upstart telecom and Internet service provider seeks to give customers something very rare in an age of growing surveillance: the complete protection of privacy from government spying, wiretapping, and other unconstitutional anti-privacy measures. The non-profit company, which is still in its planning stages, was founded by Nicholas Merrill, a 39-year-old former telecom engineer who previously ran a New York-based Internet provider. Speaking with CNET on Tuesday, Merrill said he wants...

2006-03-01 13:57:03

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a White House-backed bill to better protect civil liberties in the USA Patriot Act, clearing the way for anticipated renewal of the anti-terrorism law. Enacted shortly after the September 11 attacks as a centerpiece of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism, the Patriot Act expanded the power of federal authorities on such fronts as conducting wiretaps and secret searches. On a vote of...

2005-08-25 17:21:10

By Chris Sanders NEW YORK (Reuters) - A controversial Patriot Act clause allowing the U.S. government to demand information about library patrons' borrowing habits is being challenged in federal court for the first time by a library. The lawsuit was filed against U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut by an unnamed library and the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit -- filed on August 9...