Law / News Briefs

European Court Declares Dynamic IP Addresses are Subject to Privacy Protection Rules

The Advocate General, top advisor to the European Court of Justice, has issued an opinion today about Internet anonymity, Electronic Privacy Information Center reports. more»

UK Security Agencies Have Unlawfully Collected Data for 17 Years, Says Court

"British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, top judges have ruled," according to a report published today in The Guardian. more»

IP Address Information Misused by Authorities Says EFF, Not Enough to Justify Police Raids

"Law Enforcement, Courts Need to Better Understand IP Addresses, Stop Misuse," says EFF in whitepaper released on Thursday. more»

Feds Shut Down Largest File-Sharing Site KickassTorrents - Founder Arrested, Domains Seized

"U.S. Authorities Charge Owner of Most-Visited Illegal File-Sharing Website with Copyright Infringement" – statement issued by United States Department of Justice on Thursday: "U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today's most visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website." more»

UK Bill Ups Prison Term for Online Piracy from 2 to 10 Years

The UK government has unveiled its latest Digital Economy Bill as part of an "ambition for the UK to be the most digital nation in the world". more»

ICANN Says It Will Not Get Directly Involved With Infringing Domains

ICANN will not act as judge and jury in copyright disputes. TorrentFreak reports: "In a letter to the president of the Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN chief Stephen Crocker says that ICANN is neither 'required or qualified' to pass judgment in such cases." more»

China One Step Closer to Implementing Controversial Cybersecurity Law

China is moving forward towards implementing a controversial cybersecurity law that could have significant implications for foreign businesses operating in that lucrative market, reports Katie Bo Williams in The Hill. more»

GOP Lawmakers Say NTIA Violated Law in IANA Transition Plan

A number of Congressional Republicans today questioned National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for apparent violation of federal law in using federal funds to relinquish U.S. oversight of the Internet. more»

'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Sentenced to 2.5 Years In Prison

The 47 year old Las Vegas man known as the "Spam King" has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison for sending over half-million spam messages to Facebook users resulting in over 27 million spam messages sent through social networking company's servers. He pleaded guilty last year to one count of fraud. more»

US Seeks to Intervene in EU vs Facebook Case

At a hearing in the Irish High Court, the US government has sought to intervene in the case between a privacy activist and Facebook. Consequently, the court has been adjourned for two weeks to give it - and other parties - time to file a motion in this regard. more»

PirateBay Domains to Be Handed over to the State, Swedish Court Rules

The Swedish court ruling on Thursday will result in confiscation of '' and '' from one the worlds most popular torrent websites. more»

Brazil Judge Orders 72-Hour Ban on WhatsApp

A Brazilian judge on Monday issued a 72-hour ban on WhatsApp chat service throughout Brazil. The measure which took effect at 2 p.m. was issued on April 26 following a failed 2013 access order from a branch of civil police that investigates criminal activity online. more»

U.S. House of Representatives Passes H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously today to pass H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, closing a loophole that allowed law enforcement authorities to obtain old email and other digital communications without a warrant from the court. more»

H.R. 2666 Bill Proposes Deregulating U.S. Broadband Rates, Obama Threatens to Veto

President Obama has threatened to veto a backdoor attempt by a Republican-backed bill that would undermine net neutrality protection measures. The "No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act", or H.R. 2666, proposes to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet access service. more»

White House Taking Hands-Off Approach to Encryption Bill Debate

The White House will not publicly support a controversial bill that would give law enforcement guaranteed access to encrypted data, according to reports. more»