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Legal News
1 day 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
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Court [official website, in French] decided [judgement, PDF, in French] Friday that a new billing allowing for broad surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country's constitution. The bill [No. 2669, in French] was proposed before the most recent terrorist attacks but officials stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Officials from South Korea's National Intelligence Service [official website] said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] has unleashed a "reign of terror" in North Korea by executing more than 90 officials since taking power in 2011. This number of executions [Korea Herald report] has far surpassed … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [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
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
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] France's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed the indictment [document, PDF] of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited [Reuters report] to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead … [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
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] released a report [text, DOC] Tuesday stating that both government troops and opposition rebels are targeting civilians in Syria's civil war.The report says that the government intentionally targets areas in which civilians regularly congregate, such … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of North Korea on Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to indefinite labor on subversion charges, according to the Korean Central News Agency [official news website] of North Korea. Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil were found guilty of spying for South Korea's National Intelligence … [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
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official profile] on Monday renewed his call for the country to repeal the Human Rights Act [materials] and institute its own bill of rights in an article for the Sun newspaper [Sun op-ed]. Cameron made the call the same day he gave a speech … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Belgian Privacy Commission [official website] announced Monday that it is suing Facebook [corporate website] for alleged violations of Belgian and European privacy laws [materials]. In May, the commission issued Facebook a set of recommendations [text, PDF] urging the social media site to stop tracking users. Making the announcement, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [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]


Features
10 Jun 2015

The Patriot Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself, approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counterterrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting certain … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]

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