March 27, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday signed a new law that makes Oregon the first state in the nation to institute automatic voter registration. House Bill 2177, informally called the Motor Voter legislation, will use data from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to automatically ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A representative of Google signed an agreement Friday to rewrite the company's current privacy policy in response to pressure from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO brought an action for breach of privacy on behalf of more than 100 users of Apple's Safari browser who claim ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the District Court of The Hague on Tuesday approved the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians and a Ukrainian citizen are charged in a data ...[read more]

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