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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]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [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

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
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]


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 Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] approved the USA Freedom Act [HR 2048 materials] on Tuesday, which reduces the federal government's surveillance of Americans' phone records. Shortly after the approval, President Barack Obama [backgrounder] signed the measure into law, stating [press releases]:[M]y Administration will work expeditiously to ensure our national … [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
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 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
1 May 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] French aviation giant Airbus [corporate website] said Friday it is filing criminal complaints alleging that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage. The criminal complaint against persons unknown was filed following German media reports that the country's spy agency BND [official website] was collecting data on European … [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
10 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application [text, PDF] to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formally challenge … [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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