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Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] a lawsuit [materials] filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and other human rights organizations challenging surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] a new department-wide policy [text] that increases the number of instances in which US law enforcement must obtain a search warrant to use cell-site technology. Law enforcement agents use cell-site technology to locate cellular devices by … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Russian parliament [official website] members on Friday voted for a bill that forces online search engines to remove search results about a person at that person's request. The new law will allow [AP report] a person to request that search engines like Yahoo! or Google remove search results for … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] against the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The social media company Twitter [website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Sandy Davidson of University of Missouri School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law, discusses the recent revelations of Yahoo and the potential fallout...At least the Yahoo case has now shed a little sunshine on secret government surveillance. The US government, as part of its foreign surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized [Reuters report] the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government suggest truly confidential … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes [AP report] $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) [official website] issued a report [report, PDF] Wednesday endorsing the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] surveillance program [JURIST backgrounder] before a final meeting [press release] to discuss and vote on the release of the report. The report contained the results … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 303-121 [roll call] Thursday to approve a bill that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to collect phone records. The USA Freedom Act [HR 3361 materials] would end the bulk collection of phone records and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2014
by Ramzi Kassem of CUNY School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 before a federal judge in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ronald Sievert of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in national security and international law argues that when weighed against the minimal privacy interests impacted, government metadata surveillance programs produce a net gain … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) [official website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint] against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI [official websites] challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School argues that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on the NSA's telephone records program is likely best directed toward statutory changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act rather than influencing decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' phone records due to the inability to keep up with the increased use of cellular phones, according to disclosures made by current and former US officials on Friday. This contradicts the widely-held belief … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado [official website] and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a motion [text, PDF] on behalf of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov Wednesday to suppress evidence the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] obtained from surveillance conducted pursuant to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, says that, even after implementing the changes proposed by President Barack Obama, the NSA's surveillance program is still constitutionally problematic...Freedom is the great deity of the west, the goddess central to American identity; the … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday announced that they had filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [DOJ backgrounder] seeking information on the extent of governmental use and interpretation of Executive Order 12,333 [federal backgrounder], which permits US … [read more]

Legal News
21 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper [official website] declassified documents on Saturday that show how the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] was authorized to collect bulk phone and internet records from US citizens without individualized suspicion. Clapper disclosed that President George W. Bush first authorized the data … [read more]

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