The Guardian together with tech and media companies, privacy groups and leading computer scientists all filed legal briefs backing Microsoft in a case against the US government. Microsoft is challenging a government order to hand over emails held on servers at its datacenter in Dublin, Ireland. The company has lost twice in court but is challenging the order in the US court of appeals for the second circuit in New York.
In summary, this was a successful Plenipot conference. The participating countries reached consensus and everyone left having achieved at least some of their goals. Neither the ITU constitution nor the charter were changed, a good thing because changes may very well have expanded the ITU’s mandate into issues of Internet policy that are best dealt with by other existing institutions. In addition, the ITU gained a better understanding of the need to work with the many stakeholders within the Internet ecosystem, as well as the ways through which it can have a positive impact on some issues that fall within its mandate. Significant gains were also achieved in terms of opening up some ITU processes and access to documents.
To download the full brief detailing the outcomes of major points of discussion at the Plenipot click here.
People have a Fourth Amendment right to privacy when it comes to their genetic material, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argues in an amicus brief filed this week with the Supreme Court of the United States.
EFF is asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments in Raynor v. State of Maryland, a case that examines whether police should be allowed to collect and analyze "inadvertently shed" DNA without a warrant or consent, such as swabbing cells from a drinking glass or a chair. EFF argues that genetic material contains a vast amount of personal information that should receive the full protection of the Constitution against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Mozilla has joined several other tech and software companies in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the Halo and Stryker cases to urge the Court to limit the availability of treble damages.
EPIC has filed an amicus brief in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding email privacy. At issue is Google's scanning of the email of non-Gmail users. EPIC argued that this is prohibited by the Massachusetts Wiretap Act. EPIC described Google's complex scanning and analysis of private communications, concluding that it was far more invasive than the interception of a telephone communications, prohibited by state law. A federal court in California recently ruled that non-Gmail users may sue Google for violation of the state wiretap law.