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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

Less than 24 hours after credit monitors Equifax revealed it had lost the personal data of more than 130 million Americans, two class action suits have been filed. The suits, separately filed in the Portland, Oregon and North Georgia US District Courts, accuse the credit reporting company of negligence and violations of the US …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Sep 2017
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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

A Florida cloud computing provider named Uber Operations is suing its dial-a-ride namesake for trademark infringement. In a suit filed Tuesday to the Northern Florida US District court, the owners of Uber Operations claim their name's similarity to Uber Technologies Inc has caused them to receive thousands of unwanted calls, …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2017

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

There is not a sysadmin in the world who has not had to deal with a botched software rollout; for most, it is a coming-of-age experience. But few are likely to have made quite as many mistakes as the people behind the Alameda court system's new software. They have managed a rollout so inept that it should serve as a case study …

Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

A US circuit court has torpedoed the FCC and its efforts to champion city-owned broadband networks. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday [PDF] that the American regulator lacks the authority to overrule state laws that prevent cities from operating their own ISPs. Last year, the watchdog declared it was unfair …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Aug 2016
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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

A ruling by a US federal judge could unravel as many as 1,200 criminal prosecutions of alleged pedophiles by the FBI. Massachusetts District Court Judge William Young today declared that the magistrate judge who issued a warrant authorizing the FBI to infect suspects' PCs with tracking malware lacked the proper authority to do …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2016

Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

MPs from across the political spectrum have attacked the government's plan to close a further 86 courts while investing £700m in a court “digitisation” plan which has been flagged as “high risk”. During the last Parliament the government closed 146 courts. It now has plans to close a further 86 courts and tribunals across …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2016

Flinging £700m at courts' IT won't increase efficiency, says NAO

An ambitious plan to modernise Blighty's criminal justice system via a £700m digitisation programme will not cure its increasing inefficiencies, a government spending watchdog report has found. According to a report by the National Audit Office today, the £2bn annual spend on the justice system is "not currently delivering …
Kat Hall, 1 Mar 2016

Big names settle out of court with CryptoPeak in HTTPS patent spat

In late November, patent-holding biz CryptoPeak Solutions filed dozens of lawsuits against major US resorts, retailers, and financial service providers, among others. The timing for the barrage of lawsuits was curious, but may be explained by a newly enacted law aimed at curbing patent trolls. It turns out the litany of …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2015

Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

A London pensioner has defeated Apple in court, bagging £1,200 ($1,791) from the tech goliath. Deric White, 68, was awarded the cash after Regent Street Apple Store "geniuses" in London deleted photos and the address book on his iPhone while performing a factory reset during a repair. White had taken Apple to court alleging …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Dec 2015

Court recording biz with clients EVERYWHERE has forums breached

Australian court transcription company "For The Record" – which bills itself as "The No.1 digital evidence recording platform in the world" and says its products are "used in courtrooms throughout North America, Europe and Asia" – has had its forum hacked. The firm is used by the likes of the Victorian and NSW Supreme courts …
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015

ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

A California court has once again upheld the legality of the US National Security Agency's Bush-era mass telephone surveillance program, but has withheld its reasoning on grounds of national security. In a ten-page ruling [PDF] on Tuesday, US District Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California said that the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2015
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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

A US District Court has shot down a motion to toss out the government's evidence against alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, ruling that the FBI's investigation did not violate Ulbricht's Fourth Amendment rights. In a 38-page ruling, District Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that the defense could not exclude evidence …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2014

Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

The Tor Project has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the privacy software's developers aided a revenge porn slinger. An attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told The Register the allegations against the Tor team are baseless. In a lawsuit, Shelby Conklin accuses the Tor Project of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2014
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Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets. Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who spent seven years as a Microsoft employee in Russia and Lebanon, was arrested in Seattle, US, in March on charges that he shared proprietary Microsoft …
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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

A US Court of Appeals has ordered Yelp to identify anonymous reviewers who slammed a cleaning company. In his ruling this week [PDF], Judge William G Petty, sitting in Virginia, told the review-sharing website to turn over personal information on seven of its users who had panned Hadeed Carpet Cleaning on Yelp.com. The family …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2014
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National Security Letters ruled unconstitutional

A federal court judge has ruled that National Security Letters (NSLs) – the controversial, ultra-clandestine surveillance tools used by the FBI to gather information on individuals – are unconstitutional and must be halted. In a ruling issued on Thursday, Judge Susan Illston of the US District Court in San Francisco found that …
Neil McAllister, 16 Mar 2013
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Judge: Twitter offers free speech, American style

A New York judge has ruled that Twitter offers freedom of speech in the grand tradition of American liberty – but that won't help you when the police come knocking to take a peek at your posting history. "It is probably safe to assume that Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson would have …
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Police slam internet justice - then use it themselves

Opinion Police and the courts are losing their patience with overenthusiastic net citizens, whose "helpful" sleuthing has caused trials to be abandoned and wasted tens of thousands from the public purse. The police, however, seem a little less fastidious about protecting due process where they feel a little local publicity will do them …
Jane Fae , 18 Aug 2010

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