Legislation

Germany’s top federal prosecutor has opened a criminal probe into espionage operations by the U.S. National Security Agency, particularly focused on the NSA snooping directed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a court filing, the National Security Agency (NSA) claims that its computers are so powerful that to try to protect data from erasure would have “an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States.”

Facebook has updated its mobile platform to include an ambient proximity tool called Nearby Friends. The tech blog Techcrunch describes the new feature:

A federal court ruled for the first time that cell phone location data enjoys the same reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment as other information already included under that provision of the Bill of Rights.

Google has expanded its ability to keep on eye on everyone by buying "eye-in-the-sky" technology from Skybox.

More than 500,000 users have signed a petition asking Facebook to kill the sound recording feature.

A federal judge in Idaho has upheld as constitutional the National Security Agency’s (NSA) dragnet surveillance of phone metadata.

The federal government is building a National Mortgage Database that will contain vast amounts of highly personal information on individual Americans.

The National Security Agency (NSA) is using its controversial domestic surveillance program to gather millions of images from text messages and social media (e.g, Facebook) and then running the images against its facial recognition programs to identify those pictured.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for June 2 - 8, 2014.

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