Judicial

Harvesting your data? Suit alleges there are lots of apps doing that.

A class-action lawsuit filed in an Austin, Texas, court the week of March 12 alleges some of the most-downloaded mobile apps are stealing personal information without users' knowledge. Just who is responsible? There are some pretty well known names, including but not limited to Facebook, Apple and Twitter.

May it please the court, FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers

The agency disabled thousands of Global Positioning Tracking devices to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling that such searches require a warrant.

Court's GPS ruling doesn't answer the real question of online privacy

The court's decision that use of a GPS tracking device constitutes a search relied on property rights and did not address the question of privacy in an increasingly online world.

Encrypted laptop can't take the Fifth, federal judge rules

Is being forced to provide your decryption password a violation of the constitutional guarantee of freedom from self-incrimination in a criminal trial? Not in the eyes of a U.S. district judge.

Supreme Court: Planting GPS tracker on a car is 'search,' requires warrant

The court rules unanimously that police installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle constitutes a search and requires a warrant to be constitutional.

Court ruling on GPS tracking: Is Big Brother in the driver's seat?

A federal judge rules that the FBI doesn't need a warrant to put a GPS tracker on a suspect's car; the Supreme Court is set to decide a similar case.

Franken sets hearing on iPhone tracking

In the thick of privacy questions resulting from the discovery that Apple monitors consumers' GPS locations in an unprotected way, Sen. Al Franken announces a hearing on the subject.

Supreme Court hears Microsoft's argument for patent reform

After losing a judgment to i4i over its use of XML in Word, the company wants to lower the bar for disproving a patent.

Microsoft still fighting patent infringement loss

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a notice that it will hear Microsoft's appeal concerning the i4i patent case.

High court to settle 'sexting' at work case

The future of employee privacy rights in the workplace is taking center stage as the Supreme Court hears a case about sending and receiving racy messages via a government network.

Where does government draw the line on sexting at work?

Supreme Court gears up to decide whether review of police officer's racy text messages was an invasion of privacy.

i4i rebuts ‘each and every’ Microsoft Word defense

Plaintiff i4i files a responding brief in the Microsoft Word dispute, rebutting Microsoft’s defenses.

Automated reporting brings order to U.S. Court's pretrial services

At a federal court in California, pretrial services officials have implemented a kiosk-based reporting system to streamline services for defendants and help officers more easily keep track of their cases.

Judicial branch IT on trial

A pretrial services project in California provides a model for how to modernize federal courts — or at least some of its age-old processes — at a time when many federal courts would benefit from a technology overhaul.

Federal future cloudy for Microsoft Word

Agencies are wondering how a court's ruling banning Microsoft from selling Word will affect their procurement plans.

Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word

Court rules that Microsoft stop selling flagship Word as a result of a patent dispute with Canadian company i4i.

Justice joins false claims suit against SAIC

Science Applications International Corp. plans to strongly defend itself against a whistle-blower lawsuit involving a General Services Administration contract to support naval facility in Mississippi.