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License plate reading firm sues Utah, claiming new privacy laws curb free speech

In an odd twist on free speech rights, a firm which makes automated license plate readers is suing Utah for a law intended to protect drivers’ privacy. Digital Recognition Network supplies machines that quickly read license plate numbers as drivers pass by. It posits that a new Utah law which…

Team Omidyar, World Police: eBay puts user data on a ‘silver platter’ for law enforcement

“We don’t believe the NSA has come near our data… We have a tremendous amount of thought and procedures and security around customer data.” – Devin Wenig, president, eBay Marketplace 
“Unlike other e-commerce…  …

Authorities seek dozens of AR-15 rifles that disappeared en route to Louisiana

Police are still seeking dozens of high-powered rifles that disappeared earlier this month from a Louisiana-bound truck. A shipment of AR-15 Colt Law Enforcement Carbines left the manufacturer in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 9, but an internal law enforcement memo showed that 63 of the weapons were missing when the…

Watch live: Senate committee holds hearing on the future of drones

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the future of drones in America with a focus on law enforcement and privacy considerations. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 20. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Activists ‘commit more data breaches than cybercriminals’

Activists such as “Anonymous” who hack into government and corporate computer networks and then release files to embarrass those organisations were responsible for more than half of all known data thefts last year, according to a new survey.That’s a big change from recent years when the motivation behind most cyberattacks…

Stewart, Colbert, Fox News and host of U.S. lawmakers receive threatening letters

WASHINGTON — Several US lawmakers received threatening letters containing a harmless white powder, but the sender warned more missives including a “harmful material” could follow, a Senate official said. The news sparked alarm and served as a grim reminder of the 2001 anthrax attacks in which letters containing the deadly…

Feingold: Voting against the PATRIOT Act ‘one of the best things I’ve done’

During an appearance Wednesday on CNN, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) said he “absolutely” did not regret being the only Senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act following the September 11 terrorist attacks. “That was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done,” he said. Civil liberties advocates have…

Three U.S. lawmakers sent threatening letters: official

Three US lawmakers received threatening letters containing a harmless white powder, but the sender said more missives including a “harmful material” could follow, a Senate official said Wednesday. The anonymous sender “has indicated that additional letters containing a powdery substance will be arriving at more Senate offices,” Senate sergeant-at-arms Terrance…

Active duty cop: ‘The war on drugs is a war on people’

Speaking to Raw Story recently, an active duty police officer who asked not to be named threw down the gauntlet over the part of his job he hates most: the drug war. “I did not get in law enforcement to destroy a person’s future because that person had marijuana or…

‘Anonymous’ stages Christmas hack on military merchant

In a recent post to text-sharing website pastebin, a hacker or hackers with the cyber activist group “Anonymous” claimed responsibility for stealing confidential data from the website of a military gear merchant whose customers are thought to be mostly former soldiers and members of law enforcement. The website SpecialForces.com retails…

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