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Legal News
4 days ago
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's [official website] office announced [press release] Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, in addition to the implementation of new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. This … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
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
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
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
7 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran will continue [EU press release, PDF] beyond Tuesday's deadline until Friday, July 10. This is not an official extension of deadline [statement], according to High Representative for the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini [official profile], though … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Representatives of Iran and the six nations committed to reaching a long-term nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic made progress [AP report] towards a final agreement to lift sanctions in exchange for increased nuclear restrictions and surveillance on Saturday. The proposed deal would impose a decade of restrictions on … [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 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]


Features
21 Jun 2015

On June 2, 2015, nearly 14 years after enactment and only a day after many provisions expired, the USA PATRIOT Act was limited by new legislation passed by the US Congress entitled the USA Freedom Act. The USA PATRIOT Act was originally passed in 2001 under the Bush Administration in … [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
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
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report [materials] released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Muslim rights organization called Wednesday for a thorough investigation into the fatal shooting of a Muslim man in Boston. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website] made the request a day after 26-year-old Usaama Rahim was killed by police after having been under surveillance by the Joint … [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 Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Hungarian appeals court on Monday ordered the retrial of Bela Biszku [JURIST news archive], a high-ranking leader of the Hungarian Communist Party, who was convicted for war crimes following the 1956 uprising [BBC report]. The intermediate court found that the verdict rendered at trial was "unfounded" and "not … [read more]

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