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Cops Ask Congress for Your Text Messages

Cops Ask Congress for Your Text Messages

Law enforcement authorities are asking Congress to mandate that cell phone companies record and store data from Americans’ text messages for at least two years, according to a report on the tech media site CNET. In recent years, the use of cell phone data in criminal cases has increased, and now law enforcement wants cell phone companies to be [...]

The Zuckerberg Tax

The Zuckerberg Tax

Since taxes are charged or then refunded depending on whether a share appreciates or depreciates in value, all that's changing in this system versus the current one is when the tax is applied (that is, they pay capital gains before selling the shares rather than after). The argument for this is that it prevents families from profiting off of [...]

SOPA Breaks The Internet

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is [...]

HOWTO: Keep your data safe at the US border

HOWTO: Keep your data safe at the US border

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a new guide, "Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices," which explains how the law, good technology choices, cryptography and backups can be combined to keep your data safe while you travel, especially when crossing into the USA, where customs officials [...]

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that [...]

Pratchett’s Snuff: A rural/nautical tale of drawing-room gentility, racism, & justice

Pratchett’s Snuff: A rural/nautical tale of drawing-room gentility, racism, & justice

Snuff, Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel is an absolute treat, as per usual. It's a Sam Vimes book (there are many recurring characters in the Discworld series, whose life stories intermingle, braid and diverge -- Sam Vimes is an ex-alcoholic police chief who has married into nobility) and that means that it's going to be a story about [...]

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

A Russian judge has ruled that the Russian Pirate Party has to rename itself, citing a law that prohibits naming a party after criminal acts. The party is now debating what new name it will use for ballots. Options include “Unnamed Party” and “Pira7e Party” and “Pirrate Party.” I would like to conclude with stating that our [...]

America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

Eugene Volokh, David Levine, and Mark Lemley and a group of more than 90 prominent IP law professors have signed a letter objecting to the far-reaching PROTECT-IP bill, introduced by Senators Leahy, Shumer, Grassley, Feinstein, Whitehouse, Graham, Kohl, Coons and Blumenthal. PROTECT-IP is your basic bat shit insane Internet law that would [...]

Anonymous takes over as LulzSec sails off into sunset

Anonymous takes over as LulzSec sails off into sunset

As noted on Boing Boing over the weekend, LulzSec has called it quits, amid increasing efforts by the FBI and other agencies to track them down—and amid a steady stream of doxing and leaked IRC logs by hacker foes. One LulzSec member told the AP they weren't quitting because of pressure from law enforcement, but because they were [...]

Economists Steven D. Levitt (of “Freakonomics” fame) and Thomas J. Miles argue in a new study that poker is a game of skill, not chance, and therefore should not be regarded as “gambling” under the law

Economists Steven D. Levitt (of “Freakonomics” fame) and Thomas J. Miles argue in a new study that poker is a game of skill, not chance, and therefore should not be regarded as “gambling” under the law

In the short term, chance can indeed have a huge effect on the fortunes of any given poker player. Short term variance can cause the tourist rube to go home a few hundred bucks richer on a Saturday night, or cause a seasoned professional to lose tens of thousands of dollars in the span of a few weeks. But over time, the more you keep [...]

Photographer’s bust card silkscreened on white balance cards

Photographer’s bust card silkscreened on white balance cards

PetaPixel sells a set of white-balance cards that are (handily enough) silkscreened with bust-cards spelling out US law regarding photography in public places. Stick 'em in your camera-bag and you'll always have balanced whites and balanced rights! Photographers Rights Gray Card Set

World’s greatest photographer’s “bust-card”

World’s greatest photographer’s “bust-card”

Hey photographers, have I got a bust card for you! The next time you're stopped by an authority figure for photographing a federally owned or federally leased building, just hand the law's agent this declassified 2010 DHS directive that unambiguously states that photographing public buildings from a public place is legal, and that harassing [...]

Why you should always encrypt your smartphone

Why you should always encrypt your smartphone

You may have taken note that in California, among other areas, police can search your phone's contents without a warrant upon arrest. If you've password-protected or encrypted your phone, you're somewhat protected. If your phone's not directly on you, that's another layer. Tech news site Ars Technica explicates the finer points of arrest, [...]

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

I love how every statement the spam people are quoted as saying in this article could be very easily applied to the spammers' practices themselves. "Unfairly exploiting" the law to make a buck, etc. I mean come on, you make a living scamming people, and you complain when you get scammed back? Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of [...]

Now you don’t even have to be flying to be “scanned” by x-rays

Now you don’t even have to be flying to be “scanned” by x-rays

AS&E's vans can be driven past stationary vehicles to scan their contents or parked to see the innards of passing cars and trucks. The Z Backscatter Vans, or ZBVs, as the company calls them, send a narrow stream of X-rays off and through nearby objects and read which ones bounce back. Absorbed rays indicate dense material such as steel. [...]

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

David J. Stern is a Florida lawyer who operates a foreclosure mill, a firm that foreclosed on more than 70,000 homes last year. According to a deposition from Tammie Mae Kapusta, a former employee, Stern's firm cut many corners, foreclosing on homes without serving notice, ignoring mortgage payments that would have prevented foreclosure, and [...]

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

In a post from last August, author Edward Hasbrouck explains why he and the ACLU are suing the US Department of Homeland Security to force them to disclose traveler records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests: I'm suing the government because of the significance of commercial airline reservations and the DHS "Automated Targeting [...]

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

Below is the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secretly negotiated copyright agreement: One of the biggest stories over the three year negotiation of ACTA has been the willingness of the U.S. to cave on the Internet provisions. When it first proposed the chapter, the U.S. was seeking new intermediary liability [...]

Obama administration wants encryption backdoors for domestic surveillance

Obama administration wants encryption backdoors for domestic surveillance

In a New York Times article today by Charlie Savage, news that the Obama administration is proposing new legislation that would provide the U.S. Government with direct access to all forms of digital communication, "including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows [...]

Fake DHS “photography license” for fake no-photos laws

Fake DHS “photography license” for fake no-photos laws

All around the world, cops and rent-a-cops are vigorously enforcing nonexistent anti-terrorist bans on photography in public places. If you're worried about being busted under an imaginary law, why not download these templates and print yourself an imaginary "Photography license" from the DHS? Who knows if it's legal to carry one of these... [...]

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