Dutch police now automatically intercept internet traffic when setting up a telephone tap, online magazine Computerworld reports on Thursday. The news was buried in the justice ministry’s annual report which was published in May and has only now been made public, the website states.
As part of its bid to increase transparency about the terms under which it operates in different countries, Vodaphone has published the overarching processes and policies in place regarding lawful interception of communications data required by domestic authorities on a country by country basis.
Innocent people were wrongly investigated as suspected paedophiles, including one who was arrested, because of snooping blunders by police and internet companies.
Five people had their homes searched and computers seized last year after errors in requests for email and phone records meant they were wrongly targeted, a watchdog has revealed.
A group of privacy advocates is suing the city of Seattle, arguing that having garbage collectors look through people’s trash — to make sure food scraps aren’t going into the garbage — “violates privacy rights on a massive scale.”
“A person has a legitimate expectation that the contents of his or her garbage cans will remain private and free from government inspection,” argues the lawsuit filed Thursday in King County Superior Court by the Pacific Legal Foundation.
Since January, Seattle residents have been directed to place food scraps in the same bins as their yard waste, so that the material can be composted, instead of into garbage cans, where it would end up in a landfill.
“It should transform itself as a tax agency from one that is designed around nabbing the small percentage of the population that actively evades tax to one that aims first and foremost to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority of taxpayers who are trying to comply with the tax laws.”