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High court to hear warrantless wiretapping case

USA - May 26 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a writ of certiorari in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, a case challenging the 2008 amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that allows warrantless wiretapping of U.S. residents’ foreign communications....


France continues to limit workplace privacy protections

France - May 26 2012 France’s highest appeals court has again narrowed the scope of employees’ privacy rights in the workplace....


Maryland allows wiretaps of out-of-state phone calls

USA - May 26 2012 Maryland’s highest court has ruled that police can monitor cell phone calls regardless of the phone’s location, as long as the police listen to the calls within the jurisdiction of the court that issued the order....


French court narrows the scope of workplace privacy

France - May 19 2012 The Bordeaux Court of Appeals in France has ruled, in Pierre B. v. Epsilon Composite, that a company was justified in reviewing emails sent by an employee using a workplace computer, since the employee had not identified the messages as personal....


MySpace settles FTC privacy charges

USA - May 19 2012 MySpace has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated its own privacy policy and deceived its users by sharing their personal information with advertisers without the users’ consent....