A group of scientists and doctors who were employed by the Food and Drug Administration are suing the agency after it monitored their personal email. The FDA began monitoring the staffers when they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they said posed unacceptable risks to patients.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that law enforcement officials must obtain a warrant before tracking suspects with GPS technology.
The Administration of Barack Obama is planning yet another assault on the Internet privacy rights of all American citizens, some critics say. The Commerce Department will have the authority to implement an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.
A recent report published by the American Civil Liberties Union says that the increasingly common use of military-style drones in domestic U.S. airspace is creating a considerable need for American privacy protections against drone surveillance.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would enable the government and copyright holders to demand third parties delete links to foreign websites deemed rogue or dedicated to copyright infringement, has been labeled by critics as an assault on free speech and an underhanded government attempt to censor the Internet.
Drones similar to those used by the military may soon be operated in civil airspace in the United States by law enforcement officials and civilians. Police departments in Texas, Florida and Minnesota have expressed interest in using drone aircraft.
Representative John L. Mica (R-Fla.) in recent weeks has been leading a push to take airport security screenings out of the hands of the Federal government to free up the industry for private contractors.
Over the past year, the growing computer surveillance industry has made great strides in creating software that may encourage computer users to unknowingly install surveillance viruses on their personal machines.
The Justice Department wants to solidify Internet regulations on citizens in the United States that criminalize such things as lying on Internet dating websites and uploading videos to YouTube that violate the company’s “terms of service” agreement. Opponents of the idea call the proposal draconian and say that making people felons for failing to adhere to website rules is ridiculous.
For years, State and local governments have used the Emergency Alert System [EAS] to notify the public of weather and other emergencies on a local scale, but today’s test will represent for the first time the Federal government’s ability to jam all State, local and national airwaves.