This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights | Ars Technica

If ever there were a case for rejecting requested device permissions, it’s made by an Android app with more than 10 million downloads from Google Play. The official app for the Spanish soccer league La Liga was recently updated to seek access to users’ microphone and GPS settings. When granted, the app processes audio snippets in an attempt to identify public venues that broadcast soccer games without a license.According to a statement issued by La Liga officials, the functionality was added last Friday and is enabled only after users click “yes” to an Android dialog asking if the app can access the mic and geolocation of the device. The statement says the audio is used solely to identify establishments that broadcast games without a license and that the app takes special precautions to prevent it from spying on end users.

Source: This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights | Ars Technica

Entire Kim Dotcom Spying Operation Was Illegal, High Court Rules – TorrentFreak


The whole New Zealand-based spying operation against Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants was illegal, the High Court has ruled. The revelation appears in a newly released decision, which shows the GCSB spy agency refusing to respond to questions about its activities on the basis that could jeopardize national security.

Source: Entire Kim Dotcom Spying Operation Was Illegal, High Court Rules – TorrentFreak

UK’s new Snoopers’ Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor • The Register


How far will it go? You’ll have to ask the Home Secretary

Source: UK’s new Snoopers’ Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor • The Register

Top FBI Lawyer Argues Against Requiring Warrant for Data That Tracks People’s Location


IF LAW ENFORCEMENT was forced to get a warrant to obtain information about a suspect’s whereabouts from the phone providers, it would be “crippling,” according to James Baker, general counsel at the FBI.“I don’t know how we would handle that,” said Baker, speaking on a panel at the American Bar Association’s annual conference on national security law in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The executive branch would suffer from “a huge amount of uncertainty and confusion while we are doing investigations.”

Source: Top FBI Lawyer Argues Against Requiring Warrant for Data That Tracks People’s Location

President Obama Claims He Cannot Pardon Snowden; He’s Wrong | Techdirt

In a big interview with the German media outlet Der Spiegel, President Obama was asked about his interest in pardoning Ed Snowden in response to the big campaign to get him pardoned. Obama’s response was that he could not, since Snowden has not been convicted yet

Source: President Obama Claims He Cannot Pardon Snowden; He’s Wrong | Techdirt

Amid Clinton Controversy, FBI Documents Show Why Americans Should Worry About Intelligence Gathering


Critics are right to be concerned about the FBI’s expanded power, especially when it comes to recruiting and deploying informants. That’s true regardless of why FBI Director James Comey acted as he did toward Hillary Clinton.

Source: Amid Clinton Controversy, FBI Documents Show Why Americans Should Worry About Intelligence Gathering

America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack • The Register


In one month, an obscure procedural rule tweak will come into effect allowing US cops and federal agents to hack any computer in the world using a single warrant issued anywhere in America.

No one in Congress has voted on this legal update. It means a warrant granted somewhere within the US can be executed on the other side of the country – or the other side of the planet.

The change, approved by the Supreme Court, is in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Right now, if law enforcement wants to hack a PC, they have to ask a judge for a warrant in the jurisdiction where it is located. With the rule change, they could do this to any computer anywhere in the US or the world.

As a bonus, the change would also allow law enforcement – without a warrant – free rein to hack into computers that have already been hacked. So, for example, if you have a virus infection then law enforcement can go through your files at will.

Source: America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack • The Register

Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults’ faces are in police databases • The Register


‘It is out of control,’ think tank thinks

Source: Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults’ faces are in police databases • The Register