Rise of the Drones
Weirded out by the thought that the government could be listening to your mundane conversations about your day or — even worse — perusing your mundane sexts? Too bad. A federal judge has decided it’s legal, thereby dismissing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.
U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the NSA’s collection of Americans’ phone records “represents the government’s counter-punch” to prevent terrorist attacks, the Associated Press reports.
Can I See Some ID
Pretty much anything goes in civil-liberties-obsessed Vermont. Anything, that is, except billboards and invasion of privacy through tech.
The Green Mountain State’s chapter of the ACLU is calling on Vermont’s legislature to regulate the use of drones, AP reports. The ACLU’s executive director, Allen Gilbert, is basically freaking out about it.
Maybe you should take it easy on the second helpings at Thanksgiving. CNET has gotten its hands on a statement that’s supposed to be delivered by the Justice Department today that would make things like using a fake name on Facebook or entering a false weight on Match.com a crime. Salman Rushdie, we hope you’re paying attention.
In the statement, the DOJ argues that the agency needs to be able to prosecute violations of a website’s “terms of service” policy. While it opens users up to potentially frivolous violations, the DOJ says scaling back the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), “would make it difficult or impossible to deter and address serious insider threats through prosecution,” such as identity theft, privacy invasions, or abuse of government databases.