The Third Circuit has handed down a very important opinion on Internet surveillance law: In re Google Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation (Nov. 10, 2015). The decision is the first case to grapple in detail with how the Wiretap Act applies to the Internet. If you’re interested in surveillance law, you need to give this opinion a close and careful read. It’s a big deal. It leaves some things undecided, but it also suggests that the Wiretap Act provides pretty strong privacy protections online.
This post will go over the decision, explore its reasoning and conclude with its implications.
Last week, I reported how your social, political and religious views are now deemed suspicious by police.
“The Berkley Police Review Commission in California admits DHS run Fusion Centers are tracking American’s social, political and religious views.”
Yesterday, Police kicked four passengers off plane because they looked Middle Eastern and were watching the news on their smartphones.
“Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight in Baltimore Tuesday morning, and the plane delayed for three hours, after a woman became suspicious of a man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent and who was watching the news on his phone, according to authorities and several passengers.”
Blackberry believes in a “balanced” approach to encryption, incorporating lawful intercept capabilities, and the company prioritizes cooperation with law enforcement, Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said Tuesday.
“We very much take a balanced approach” to the issue of encryption, he told the FedTalks government IT summit, differentiating Blackberry’s approach from that of some of their competitors who are “all about encryption all the way.”