May 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended ...[read more]
May 7, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further ...[read more]
May 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
France's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes intelligence agencies ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
French aviation giant Airbus said Friday it is filing criminal complaints alleging that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage. The criminal complaint against persons unknown was filed following German media reports that the country's spy agency BND was collecting data on ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The French Parliament on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Amnesty International (AI) revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed suit Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal ...[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 19, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil ...[read more]

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