Public Employees’ Private Emails Aren’t Subject To CA Public Records Act

Apr 17, 14 Public Employees’ Private Emails Aren’t Subject To CA Public Records Act

Posted in Legislation, Litigation, Privacy

We often hear about how government officials ought to be more “transparent”, and federal and state sunshine laws exist to facilitate openness. After all, it is the public sector, so why shouldn’t information be available to the public? A recent appellate decision from California introduced a wrinkle into this...

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Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Apr 15, 14 Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) In a (somewhat delayed) response to last summer’s NSA document leak, courtesy of Edward Snowden, Google has increased its email security measures (or, as CNN puts it, Google is trying to NSA-proof Gmail).  Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski announced the changes...

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The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Apr 14, 14 The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy

By Nicholas Kyriakopoulos (bio) Those office employees who have rolled the dice and sent emails clearly not suitable for work would be glad to know that their email accounts are protected from government intrusion by the Fourth Amendment.  United States v. Warshak, 631 F.3d 266, 282-88 (6th Cir. 2010).  The government must obtain a...

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Seattle Cops Will Soon Be Able To Use Facial Recognition Software

Apr 07, 14 Seattle Cops Will Soon Be Able To Use Facial Recognition Software

Posted in Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) Last month, NBC News posted a story with the intriguing title “Smile, Seattle! Police Now Can Use Facial Recognition Software” and that certainly caught our attention. Prior to this vote being carried through the Seattle City Council, there was – not surprisingly – plenty of discussion and...

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Data Breach Settlement Approved, Even For Class Members That Didn’t Suffer Any Harm

Apr 03, 14 Data Breach Settlement Approved, Even For Class Members That Didn’t Suffer Any Harm

Posted in Data Breaches, Litigation, Privacy, Security

We write about data breaches fairly regularly, because data breaches occur fairly regularly. The breached company’s response usually follows a pretty standard trajectory: announce breach, apologize, offer free credit monitoring to those who might be affected, hope that people stop talking about it quickly. Though...

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British Police Force Fined For Abandoning Interview Tapes At Old Station

Mar 28, 14 British Police Force Fined For Abandoning Interview Tapes At Old Station

Posted in International, Privacy

How’s this for a security nightmare: a police department in the UK was recently fined after confidential information – including recordings of police interviews – were found abandoned in the basement of their former station. The agency that doled out the fine, the Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO],...

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