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  • Crowley police can ban audio, video recording

    November 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    CROWLEY, La. - A Louisiana attorney general's office opinion says Police Chief K.P. Gibson can prohibit audio or video recording at the Crowley police station. KATC-TV reports Gibson asked for a ruling after a resident complained about the policy, which bans audio or video recording in the station's lobby and... more »
  • Court: Warrantless cell tracking unconstitutional

    June 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    MIAMI - A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects' movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the... more »
  • Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

    June 3, 2014 3:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google automatically encrypts all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email... more »
  • House to debate secrecy for Capitol security video

    May 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex would be off-limits to the public, under a bill heading to the full House for debate. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the proposal without objection Wednesday after a heavy rewrite that narrowed its scope. As passed by... more »
  • Jindal signs bill seeking personal online privacy

    May 23, 2014 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Employers and schools in Louisiana will be prohibited from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor has signed into law the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James, which is called the... more »
  • Abortion clinic denies Vitter allegations Play Video

    May 21, 2014 5:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge abortion clinic responded Wednesday to allegations by U. S. Senator David Vitter that they violated patients' privacy rights. Delta Clinic Coordinator Sylvia Ann Cochran said they were unaware of any violations alleged by Vitter, and questioned the timing of his statements which coincided... more »
  • Public records exemptions advance in Legislature

    May 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are pushing new exemptions to Louisiana's public records law that would hide jury questionnaires and state building security footage from the public. The jury questionnaire secrecy bill, by Shreveport Sen. Barrow Peacock, is further along. It's been approved by the Senate and was advanced to... more »
  • House votes in favor of online account privacy bill

    May 13, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at prohibiting employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts is headed to the governor's desk after gaining full support from the House. The bill introduced by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, will prohibit employers... more »
  • Anti-drone bill killed by La. House committee

    May 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have grounded a Senate-backed bill seeking to restrict the use of drones on private property in Louisiana. The House criminal justice committee voted 7-6 Tuesday to reject the proposal from Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, after hearing opposition from environmental and... more »
  • NSA says it investigates its violations of privacy rules

    August 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House isn't commenting on the latest revelations about surveillance of Americans and foreigners by the National Security Agency. According to documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden, and published today in The Washington Post, the agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands... more »
  • Obama defends broad phone, Internet spy programs

    June 8, 2013 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to "make some choices" in balancing privacy and security. Obama is defending once-secret surveillance programs that sweep up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and amass Internet data from U.S. providers in an attempt to thwart terror attacks. The president... more »
  • Judge approves FTC's $22.5M fine of Google

    November 16, 2012 6:31 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach. In doing so, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a consumer rights group's calls for tougher punishment. Illston issued her ruling late Friday, a few hours after holding a hearing... more »
  • Petraeus case shows FBI's authority to read email

    November 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Your emails are not nearly as private as you think. The downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus demonstrates how easy it is for federal law enforcement agents to examine emails and computer records if they believe a crime was committed. With subpoenas and warrants, the FBI and other... more »
  • Court will decide on collection of DNA samples

    November 9, 2012 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether police may collect DNA samples from people under arrest in a case that pits privacy concerns against public safety interests. The justices say in an order Friday that they will review a Maryland court decision that effectively barred the collection... more »
  • Google agrees to record $22.5M fine on privacy

    August 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Google is paying a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple's Safari browser. The penalty announced Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission matches the figure that The Associated Press and other media... more »
  • Legislature passes document privacy bill

    May 14, 2012 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Economic Development will be able to continue shielding records from public view, if the documents are involved in active negotiations to attract or keep companies to Louisiana. House Bill 208 by Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, to extend the public records exemption indefinitely received... more »
  • New body scanners online at BR airport

    October 14, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Airport officials unveiled new body scanners with enhanced privacy software today at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. The Transportation and Safety Administration invited media out for a demonstration of the new scanners, which they say have an increased ability to automatically detect threats on passengers. The... more »
  • Facebook Photo Privacy

    August 23, 2011 7:22 PM

    A change to Facebook allows you to pre-approve photos before your friend can post them with your name attached. Right now, friends can add your name to pictures without your consent or knowledge and you have to remove it later. By that time, embarrassing photos may have already been seen.... more »
  • Report: Facebook apps transmitted personal info

    October 18, 2010 8:47 AM

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies. The breach also includes users who set all their information to be completely private, and in some cases, the apps provided access to friends'... more »
  • Twitter settles with FTC over data security lapses

    June 24, 2010 11:22 AM

    Twitter has settled charges with federal regulators that it put the privacy of its users at risk by failing to protect them from data security lapses last year that let hackers access their accounts. The Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement Thursday. It bars Twitter from misleading consumers... more »
  • Google denies use of private data

    June 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    Google representatives say they're working with authorities to address privacy concerns over its mapping service. Last month, Google acknowledged it had mistakenly collected data over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Authorities fear the collection may violate privacy laws. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a... more »
  • Facebook simplifying privacy controls

    May 27, 2010 1:12 PM

    Facebook is simplifying its privacy controls. The changes come amid complaints about recently announced features, including "instant personalization" that tailors other websites to users' Facebook profiles. Protesters have been organizing campaigns to quit Facebook and privacy groups have complained to regulators. One complaint has been over the... more »

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