March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Valerie Howell
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein criticized the Sri Lankan government Friday for its continued attacks on the integrity of the current investigation into serious human rights violations. Zeid accused the government of attempting to discredit the UN's efforts as well as ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law, discusses the recent revelations of Yahoo and the potential fallout...At least the Yahoo case has now shed a little sunshine on secret government surveillance. The US government, as part ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. The lawsuit was brought by ...[read more]

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