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EU High Court Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

As has been widely reported, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor – probably the most commonly used method for transferring personal data to the United States – has been invalidated by an EU court.  The court’s decision has wide-ranging implications for data protection compliance for U.S. businesses and other organizations with activities …

Updated Location Privacy Protection Act Introduced

On March 27, 2014, Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014, a bill that addresses so-called “stalking apps.” While Senator Franken’s intent is to target those apps designed to maliciously track individuals without their knowledge, the legislation (an updated version of a bill we discussed

Reports note that US ranks near the bottom for privacy protection, on par with Russia, China, and Malaysia — and also is flunking on press freedoms

Posted by Bruce E.H. Johnson

Privacy International has issued its annual Privacy and Human Rights Study analyzing privacy protections around the world. The study ranks the United States near the bottom for privacy protections, calling it an “extensive surveillance society.”

In failing to provide privacy rights, the U.S. is in …

Coming Soon to an ISP Near You: Data Retention

Posted by K.M. Das A few weeks ago, we discussed Attorney General Gonzales’s speech to the staff of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the United States might soon implement data retention rules for ISPs. CNet’s reported on Tuesday that Wisconsin Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, chairman …

Can Your Cell Phone Do This?

Posted by Steve Chung
Add to the list of amazing capabilities that cell phones can perform, employee tracking. In the name of operational efficiency for businesses, British technology firms are offering tracking services that take advantage of mobile phone tracking technology. To put at ease civil rights groups’ concerns that …

DoJ Claims President Has Exclusive Power to Authorize NSA Domestic Surveillance During War Against al Qaeda

Posted by Randy Gainer

The Department of Justice published a 42-page memorandum on January 19, 2005 that defends the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program. The DoJ memo responds to arguments raised by the Congressional Research Service in its January 5, 2006 report and by 14 law professors and former …

Congressional Research Service Analysis Calls Into Question Legal Justification Behind NSA Monitoring of Communications

Posted by K.M. Das

On Thursday, January 5, 2006, the Congressional Research Service released a 44-page memorandum casting further doubt on the legality of the National Security Agency’s monitoring of international communications of American citizens and residents. CRS, housed within the Library of Congress, is the “public policy research arm …