Category: Legal Issues

Secret Court: FBI Warrantless Searches Were Illegal

Secret Court: FBI Warrantless Searches Were Illegal

Spencer Ackerman | The Daily Beast | Source URL A year ago, the U.S.’ surveillance court ruled that the FBI violated Americans’ privacy by broadly sifting through dragnets of intercepted communications. Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s warrantless searches through the National Security Agency’s enormous troves of communications data […]

Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says

Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says

Rachel Weiner | The Washington Post | Source URL ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A contractor accused of leaking classified information engaged in “thievery, not protected speech,” and has no First Amendment grounds to challenge his Espionage Act prosecutions, the Justice Department said in an Alexandria federal court filing. Former intelligence analyst […]

Betrayed: District Attorney’s Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks”

Betrayed: District Attorney’s Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks”

Mass Private I | Source URL The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorney’s (DA) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks. According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one […]

U.S. Federal Judge Rules Terrorist Watchlist Is Unconstitutional

U.S. Federal Judge Rules Terrorist Watchlist Is Unconstitutional

Newsweek | Source URL U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Wednesday that the federal government’s watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” is unconstitutional. The list, which contains over 1 million people, was challenged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and 23 American citizens who said they were wrongly placed […]

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Source URL There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek. But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of […]

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

David Rivers | The Daily Star | Source URL Deepfake material including fabricated evidence will become so realistic it will land innocent people in jail, an expert has warned. Shamir Allibhai, CEO of video verification company Amber, believes content including CCTV and voice recordings will be subject to gross manipulation. […]

Police Drop “Crime Prediction” Software, But Not Because It’s Orwellian

Police Drop “Crime Prediction” Software, But Not Because It’s Orwellian

Mac Slavo | SHTFPlan | Source URL Several California police departments have stopped using “predictive policing” software but not because they want to protect your basic human rights and dignity.  The reason the software won’t be used is that it isn’t effective enough…yet. Several police departments were disappointed that they […]

In Guantánamo Case, U.S. Government Says It Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone — Even U.S. Citizens

In Guantánamo Case, U.S. Government Says It Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone — Even U.S. Citizens

Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept | Source URL For over 17 years, Moath al-Alwi has been held at Guantánamo Bay without charge. A Yemeni citizen, al-Alwi is one of Guantánamo’s “forever prisoners,” those whom the U.S. government has not charged with a crime but is unwilling to release. On June […]

Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump ‘Terrifying’ Mass Domestic Spying Powers

Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump ‘Terrifying’ Mass Domestic Spying Powers

Jon Queally | Common Dreams | Source URL “The Democrats who voted against this common sense amendment just threw immigrants, LGBTQ folks, activists, journalists, and political dissidents under the bus by voting to rubberstamp the Trump administration’s Orwellian domestic spying capabilities.” Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage […]

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL Actors who flub dialogue may become less of a bane to producers thanks to an AI that allows such to be edited just by retyping a transcript of their lines. The software works by combining existing clips with digital face models […]

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Lizzie Dearden | The Independent | Source URL First legal challenge against UK police trials of facial recognition to set precedent Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on […]