SURVEILLANCE
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The art of surveillance has been practised throughout history. Sun Tzu's The Art of War, for example, written in the fifth century BC, contains a chapter on The Use of Spies where he describes the different ways spies may be used to monitor enemy forces.The most crucial development that has taken place with the rise of democratic states over the last two to three hundred years is that the focus of state surveillance has shifted from external threats to the monitoring of the state's own population...[ GreenNet ]


California Supreme Court finds blanket sex offender residential limits unconstitutional
March 3, 2015
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where children....... [more]

Egypt activist sentenced to 5 years in retrial
February 23, 2015
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing u....... [more]

Rights groups urge action after alleged US-UK SIM card hack
February 20, 2015
Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents to The Intercept, an online news source, clai....... [more]

Morsi goes on trial over espionage allegations
February 15, 2015
An Egyptian court on Sunday put ex-president Mohammed Morsi on trial over accusations of spying and leaking information to Qatar. Prosecutors, as part of the country's continued crack down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, allege that Morsi endangered national security by leaking to Qatar state secret....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to NSA warrantless surveillance
February 11, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, cla....... [more]

UK tribunal: mass Internet surveillance unlawful
February 6, 2015
The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government Communications....... [more]

What's Wrong with Illinois' New Eavesdropping Law
January 29, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Micha....... [more]

Illinois Governor signs new eavesdropping law
December 31, 2014
Illinois Governor Patt Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a bill that establishes new rules over how private conversations may be recorded. The new law requires that all parties involved in a private conversation give their permission to be recorded. Under the law such a conversation is defined as any....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns Sri Lanka interference in human rights probe
November 7, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein criticized the Sri Lankan government Friday for its continued attacks on the integrity of the current investigation into serious human rights violations. Zeid accused the government of attempting to discredit the UN's efforts as well as hin....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments in NSA surveillance case
November 5, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier....... [more]

Twitter files lawsuit against FBI and DOJ over government surveillance
October 8, 2014
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government s....... [more]




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