May 26, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 26, 2011, US President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act minutes before it was set to expire. The US Senate had passed the bill 72-23, and the US House of Representatives passed it shortly thereafter by a vote of 250-153. Controversial programs renewed included ...[read more]
September 1, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle to preserve two lawsuits over the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. EFF argued that the government should not be able block the suits under claims of state ...[read more]
March 31, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned parts of a controversial data retention law that obligated telecommunications companies to maintain records of their customers' internet and telephone usage. The court found that paragraphs 3 and 4 of 97 of the Electronic Commun... ...[read more]
November 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 12, 2007, The US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the White House to preserve all of its e-mail records by saving back-up disks. The order was a loss for the Bush administration, which had been fighting lawsuits brought by private advocacy groups Citizens for ...[read more]
January 1, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was brought by ...[read more]
December 30, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Wilner, et al. v. National Security Agency, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, December 30, 2009 .Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on the Freedom of Information Act... ...[read more]
November 8, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Elizabeth Hill: Arizona is beginning to embrace the electronic world in which we conduct our public business. On October 29, 2009, in Lake v. City of Phoenix, the Arizona Supreme Court held that when a public entity maintains a public record in an electronic format, the electronic ver... ...[read more]
October 30, 2009
by Brian Jackson
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that data embedded in electronic versions of public records is part of the public record, and thus accessible through a records request. The court ruled in favor of David Lake, a sergeant with the Phoenix police department, who had requested access to ...[read more]
September 5, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Barry Steinhardt: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have a legitimate power to search for contraband goods crossing national borders. But searching laptops is not a search of goods. It is a search of a storehouse of information- private correspondence, financial and medical recor... ...[read more]
July 10, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Marc Rotenberg: The Senate's vote reflected a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of FISA. The law was enacted to make clear the circumstances under whichtelephone companies could be required by the government to turn over customer records in foreign intelligence investigations. T... ...[read more]

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