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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
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]


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
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]


Features
7 Apr 2015

Legal battles have flared up over the issue of net neutrality in the past decade. In the US, the FCC is the independent government agency that oversees communications among the several states and with other countries. The FCC was responsible for the 2002 determination [PDF] that internet modem service, as … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The District Court of The Hague [official website] on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law [text, in Dutch], enacted in 2009, allowed [WSJ report] the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday adopted Open Internet rules [press release, PDF] by a 3-2 vote. The Open Internet Order reclassifies broadband internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act [text], bringing broadband providers within the authority of the FCC. The … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Danish police on Sunday arrested two individuals suspected to have aided a gunman in the Copenhagen attacks that left two dead over the weekend. On Saturday a 22-year-old gunman, whose name has not yet been released, opened fire [WP report] at a cultural center that was hosting cartoonist Lars … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed new federal rules [fact sheet, PDF] to regulate the Internet like a public utility to "preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression." The approach is known as net neutrality, a … [read more]


Features
4 Feb 2015

After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo - a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency [official website], Turkey's official press agency, reported that the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday urged renewed efforts [press release] to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody [JURIST report] of former … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website, in French], which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's attack, which … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday on the ability of localities to deny permission to build cell phone towers. The case of T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell [SCOTUSblog materials] concerned what it means to satisfy the "in writing" requirement of the Telecommunications Act … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website], which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response [AP report] to a petition filed by a … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Ugandan army on Wednesday confirmed that top Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is now in the custody of US forces. Ongwen, the second-in-command of the rebel militia group headed by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], surrendered himself [AFP report] on … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Turkish parliamentary commission on Monday voted not to send four ex-ministers to trial on charges of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal which began in December 2013, accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] and three other ministers. The commission, consisting of 14 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on what it means to satisfy the "in writing" requirement of the Telecommunications Act [text]. The court will … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [advocacy website] on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court [press release] that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB [official website] to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website] on … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations … [read more]

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