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Barack Obama v. Larry Klayman

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts$file/14-5004-1570210.pdf

Federal appeals court decision overturning a District Court case which had blocked the National Security Agency from gathering phone information on U.S. citizens.  The judge ruled that the conservative activist lacked standing to sue the agency, because he lacked evidence that records involving his calls had been collected.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Overhead Imagery: The U.S. Target

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 38 government documents on the use of unmanned aircraft or drones and satellites to conduct surveillance activities aimed at civilian targets within the U.S.  From the National Security Archive


Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines uses of facial recognition technology, privacy issues, proposed best practices and industry privacy policies, and applicable privacy protections under federal law.  From the Government Accountability Office


Stored Communications Act: Reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

Categories: Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides background information on the purpose of the act, which provides privacy protection for electronic communications but also allows for government access to such communications, and reviews reform proposals to strengthen privacy provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Domestic Drones and Privacy: A Primer

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines the potential privacy issues relating to domestic drone use, including what privacy means in the context of aerial surveillance and what entity should be responsible for regulating drones and privacy.  Also covers current UAS uses, the privacy interests affected by these uses, and potential approaches to UAS privacy regulation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Legal Challenges and Solutions

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

In view of frequent cyberattacks on government and private web sites, experts have urged greater public-private cooperation and sharing of cyber-threat intelligence.  This report examines various legal issues that confront such information  sharing, such as privacy and tort laws and intellectual property concerns.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Darknet and Online Anonymity

Categories: Great Britain,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Technologies that allow Internet users to be anonymous help citizens protect their security but also facilitate organized crime such as the Silk Road drug market.  This report discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising other uses of anonymity technology.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


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