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Brazil senate approves Internet privacy bill
April 23, 2014
The Senate of Brazil on Tuesday passed a bill that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their users and requires providers to remove offensive materials following c....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'clearly established' federal habeas law
April 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case arose....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on Jerusalem birthplace law
April 21, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the court will address the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse US passports and Consular Reports of....... [more]

Federal judge stays most of Ohio same-sex marriage ruling
April 17, 2014
Federal judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Ohio must immediately recognize four same-sex marriages but stayed the broader effects of the ruling pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Staying that portion of th....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds EPA regulations
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain coa....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses challenge to Senate filibuster rule
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the litigati....... [more]

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance program
April 16, 2014
The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New Yor....... [more]

Turkey reinforces YouTube ban
April 10, 2014
Turkish government reinforced their ban of YouTube on Thursday, despite a Constitutional Court ruling last week that the ban was unlawful. The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said in a statement that the government measures blocking the website will remain in place. Prime....... [more]

Supreme Court denies review of NSA bulk data collection case, grants federal court transferal case
April 7, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied early review of a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM telephony bulk data collection program. Last December, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the NSA's program is likely unconstitutional....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds NYC ban on religious services in schools
April 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a regulation by the New York City Board of Education banning religious groups from holding worship services in school buildings. The ruling reverses a district court's 2012 decision that the ban violated the Free Exercise and Establis....... [more]

Rights groups urge world leaders to regulate surveillance technologies
April 4, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) announced on Tuesday the creation of a new global coalition that will work with world leaders to keep invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes. The new organization is titled Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance....... [more]




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