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US Spy Agencies Want to Read UK Emails on Microsoft, Google, Etc. Servers Anywhere
Our government is great at making and keeping friends, eh? They’re still at it with the e-snooping, and the latest move that has incensed the Brits is the insistence by US law enforcement agencies that it be allowed to access data from American companies hosting servers, even if those servers aren’t on American soil. From the Telegraph:
Private information stored online by British computer users could be scrutinised by American law enforcement agencies under a wide-ranging new right-to-snoop being pursued by the US government.
Federal authorities in the US are using the courts to try to force American-owned technology companies to disclose emails and other data held in the “Cloud” – the vast network of servers where data is stored for customers.
The claim would require companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google to open up all their electronic records to agencies – such as the CIA, the NSA and the FBI – even if it is stored in Europe rather than on US soil.
People are understandably upset by this, and despite Microsoft fighting against the government forcing it to provide data, one NY court has already ruled that the company had to turn over emails from a European caught in a drug trafficking bust.
Loretta Preska, the judge, ruled that the technology giant must comply with the US warrant because the company is American, even though it could be breaking Irish and EU law if it did so.
The US will not be denied its data, not even by your EU laws!
CA Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Limiting Drone Surveillance
Jerry Brown has done some good things while in office, like legalizing alternative currency. He has also come out with some of the most idiotic positions on certain topics (like legalized marijuana) that have ever been uttered. So he’s a mixed bag. Unfortunately, the mix just got a little more squirrelly with his veto of a bill that would have required warrants to be issued for any drone surveillance targeting.
AB1327 by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo would have required government agencies to get warrants before conducting surveillance with drones and would have required that they publicly announce their intent to buy and use them.
Brown said in a statement that the bill appears to be too narrow and could go beyond what the state and federal constitutions would prohibit.
“There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate,” he wrote. “The bill’s exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution.”
Heaven forbid there is actually an action taken to protect the rights and privacy of citizens that goes beyond the requirements of government stated in the CA Constitution or the 4th Amendment. There is never a peep when the government oversteps the limits, yet questions are always raised when the shoe is on the other foot.
NOLA Police Want Private Home Security Cameras to Feed Cop Network
ProjectNola, which aims to network in private home security camera footage and provide access to that footage 24/7 to New Orleans police, is making a big push to residents of the city. For just $10 a month (yes, you even get to pay for it yourself!) a home’s cameras can give unfiltered access to police who would never abuse the privilege as anyone with power over something of this nature has done throughout the course of human history. From WAFB:
The sheriff’s office is teaming up with ProjectNola, a crime camera program. Residents can purchase cameras, and then for a $10 monthly fee, have their footage tied in to the ProjectNola and sheriff’s office system.
[Sherriff] Pohlmann says as opposed to detectives going door to door to find surveillance footage after a crime has occurred, it’ll be a huge advantage to have footage at his detectives fingertips immediately. “All you have to do is, you can go to a map and click on an icon for that camera in that area and pull up that camera and it’ll give us a live feed from that area,” explained Pohlmann.
When the Big Brother nature of this program was breached to the Sherriff of Peepingham he responded, “We’re not gonna sit there and monitor it unless something happens in that area or we have reports of suspicious activity going on in that area.”
Well, doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose? In theory people would be paying to have the police watching over their property (why else would you pay $10 a month?) via the home cameras, so the police have to be scanning through the feeds as part of this pact. Otherwise, what exactly are people paying for? I would think that they would respond to activity on the camera feed rather than click over there only if there was a report of activity, no?
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