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  • Is internet use a “human right”?

    That's the conclusion reached by an independent UN investigator charged with looking into the practice of banning people from the internet after "three strikes" of copyright infringement. The practice is law in the UK and France.

    What do you think? Should the government be allowed to prevent people from accessing the internet if they are repeat copyright infringers? The US government doesn't think so.

    Read more at ArsTechnica.

  • Senator Ron Wyden introduces GPS tracking bill

    Wyden's bill would require that law enforcement get a warrant in order to access your GPS data from telecommunications companies. Right now all they need is a subpoena, which a judge has never seen. He has support from Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who ArsTechnica reports said:

    "I take the Fourth Amendment very seriously. The law enforcement community is going too far..I happen to think that's wrong."

  • “The Watchers” wins book award

    Shane Harris' book "The Watchers: The Rise of the Surveillance State" was awarded the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism on Tuesday night. Harris' book charts the contours development of the surveillance society over the past 30 years. 

  • House Energy and Commerce to review data privacy issues

    In the wake of massive data privacy breaches at major corporations, and scattered attempts at legislative fixes to fill the gaps between technology and the law, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will review electronic privacy legislation in-depth. The committee aims to make recommendations for policies that would protect consumer privacy without harming corporate profits online. TMT Law Watch reports:

  • Could the Patriot Act be Worse than we Think?

    According to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), yes. Hardly any congresspeople bothered debating the renewal of this post-9/11, controversial government overhaul of privacy and fourth amendment related law. That's bad enough.

    But according to Wyden, the powers the Patriot Act granted to the executive branch, used by the FBI and other federal organizations, are being used far more invasively than the government will admit. Spencer Ackerman reports:

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