A tenet of fair information practice principles is that organizations should only collect personally identifiable information for a specified purpose--whether that should translate into a warrant requirement for government use of unmanned aerial vehicles took up large parts of a May 17 House hearing.
A federal judge in Arizona says the FBI can use evidence collected by a device that masquerades as a cellular base tower, triggering an automatic register response from nearby devices and routing communications from those devices through it.
The government should set up a steering committee to reform how federal documents are classified, 31 public interest organizations wrote in a letter (.pdf) to President Obama. A presidentially-appointed steering committee would provide a mechanism for identifying and coordinating needed changes and for overcoming internal agency resistance to change, it adds.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" following his April 19 apprehension and subsequent hospitalization, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, adding that the courts system had proven many times its ability to handle terrorist cases.
The House of Representatives approved the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act by an April 18 vote of 288 to 127. The bill ( H.R. 624 ), similar to a bill of the same name the House approved in 2012, now goes to the Senate--which didn't forward the bill past committee stage last year.
Privacy advocates continue to oppose the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ( H.R. 624 ) after the House Intelligence Committee voted 18-2 for it April 10, saying that amendments added to the bill don't account for all their objections. T he committee defeated four amendments that would gone further to address critics, including one (.pdf) proposed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) that would have restricted the flow of cyber threat information sharing from companies to civilian agencies.
Opponents of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and government transparency advocates are calling on the House Intelligence Committee to hold a public markup of the bill when it comes before the committee next week – although committee staff the nature of the committee hearing prevents public entry or recording.
An Arizona federal district judge could be the first to rule on the constitutionality of federal law enforcement's use of a cell phone tracking device known as a stingray, in a criminal case against a man whose location was found using one. On March 29, the federal district of Arizona heard arguments in an evidentiary hearing, with Judge David Campbell stating he will issue a ruling within a few weeks.
The subject of whether law enforcement tracking through a GPS device attached to automobiles requires a warrant is back in federal court, with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals considering whether to uphold a lower court's decision to toss out evidence gathered through a tracking device placed without a warrant.
A bipartisan group of senators is reportedly almost ready to unveil a comprehensive immigration bill, but recent congressional hearings have shown that a multitude of issues remain contentious beyond those--such as the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants--that have drawn the most attention.