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Legal News
4 days ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Attorneys for Jonathan Pollard [official website] announced Tuesday their client was granted parole [statement] by three members of the Parole Commission. Pollard is a former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of conspiracy to deliver classified information to Israel on November 21, 1985. Pollard claimed he learned [advocacy backgrounder] the US … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the National Security Agency(NSA) [official website] may temporarily resume its program of systematically collecting Americans' phone data in bulk. The program lapsed on June 1 after the expiration of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF], but the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Parliament [official website] on Wednesday adopted a surveillance bill [materials, in French] that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor Internet use metadata. It is reported [AP report] that the bill also allows for court ordered surveillance of suspects homes and cars utilizing beacons and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression [UN backgrounder] David Kaye on Wednesday issued a report [text, DOC; press release] calling the use of anonymity and encryption software in digital communication vital to free speech. Kaye noted that due to heightened online security and mass and targeted surveillance … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Belgium [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] that a law requiring Internet service providers and telecommunications operators to retain customer metadata for possible future police investigations violates fundamental privacy rights and is therefore unconstitutional. Specifically the law required these organizations to store … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Key provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF ] expired Monday after a late Senate Vote failed to establish an extension. The provisions that expired were in Section 215 of the act and included: the "Bulk Data Collection" provision, which allowed the government to collect data, the "Lone … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday released a report arguing that strong encryption is elemental to basic human rights. The report hails [The Hill report] encryption and anonymity as tools that allow individuals to "exercise their rights to freedom of opinion … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Czech court in Prague acquitted the wife of former Czech prime minister Petr Necas of charges of abusing military intelligence. Jana Necasova, formerly Jana Nagyova, allegedly used military intelligence to spy on Necas's former wife when Necasova served as the prime minister's aide in 2012. A judge for … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes [AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act [text], which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act [text, PDF], including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website], … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Swedish Supreme Court [official website, in Swedish] on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued [JURIST report] by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison after being convicted of telling New York Times journalist James Risen [NY Times profile] about classified plans to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In 2006 Risen published his book "State of War," … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Patriot Act [text, PDF] does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress [AP report] 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peña … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The French Parliament [official website, in French] on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter clients, and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday voice support [press release] for banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors in response to an online petition [text] with more than 120,000 signatures. Conversion therapy is practiced by medical health providers with the goal of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint] Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [official website] of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted [press release] to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal … [read more]

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