What I thought would be a quick writeup of a press conference announcing a new wiretap suit ballooned into a rather lengthy analysis of the surprisingly tricky quesition of when a communication is “intercepted” or “acquired” by a government device. Check it out at Ars. The rest of the writing I’ve been doing there this month below the fold.
More details are emerging as to how Gov. Palin’s personal Yahoo e-mail account was hacked, although there’s some room for skepticism as to the veracity of the claims.
Former FCC chairmen Michael Powell and William Kennard served up frank advice on broadcast and telecom policy for the presidential candidates. And Powell, now a top McCain tech advisor, had some harsh words for his own agency, suggesting its indecency regulation is unconstitutional and characterizing its merger regulation as “extortion.”
Gov. Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account was hacked earlier this week, and information from the compromised account was released on the Internet, adding security worries to transparency concerns about the use of unofficial accounts for government business.
Sarah Palin often used a Yahoo e-mail account for official state business. Hockey mom charm, or an attempt to avoid transparency?
For the first time since Congress voted to approve retroactive immunity, the NSA surveillance lawsuit targeting telecoms was back before a federal judge Friday.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project has unveiled a new study tracking the adoption of “cloud computing” applications.
The Senate Judicial Committee has approved with some modifications the troublesome Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008. As it stands, the bill would still deputize the Justice Department to bring civil suits on behalf of Big Content—and then pass any monetary awards won as a result.
It just got a bit harder for law enforcement agencies to turn your cell phone into a personal tracking device: a federal court yesterday slapped down the Justice Department’s appeal of a February ruling that required investigators to seek a probable cause warrant before acquiring historical records of a cell phone users physical movements.
Senators returning to work appear to have copyright on the brain: A broad intellectual property enforcement bill introduced in July is slated for markup by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, and another aimed at cracking down on piracy overseas was brought up Wednesday.
With the hire of veteran antitrust litigator Sandy Litvack, the Justice Department is signaling that it may seek to block a proposed search-advertising deal between industry titans Google and Yahoo.
The revolution will not be televised. It will be on YouTube—and the cops and the anarchists will both be watching.
France’s defense minister joins a chorus of critics opposed to a massive new database of people and groups “likely to breach public order.”
In Florida’s latest electoral snafu, a shortfall of nearly 3,500 ballots may be attributable to, um, human error.
Alberto Gonzales repeatedly violated—and in some cases was not even aware of—rules governing handling and storage of highly classified documents, according to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General today.
Can ISPs that receive National Security Letters legally be prevented from talking about them? In oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, ACLU attorneys urged a three-judge panel to uphold a lower court ruling invalidating NSL gag orders.