Reuters: EU court rules against requirement to keep data of telecom users
[different news sources: BBC
, The Register
] Considerably more detail is available in the ECJ press release (pdf)
and the full judgement
but the Court has invalidated Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC and struck a very clear blow against metadata storage in national law as the authority of the directive will soon cease to exist. This has a particular impact for UK MeFites, as UK law was based on the Directive and crucially passed through Parliament via the European Communities Act and thus skipped some review steps but is founded on the validity of the directive being implemented. Remaining national law would of course also be open to challenge on the same grounds. [more inside]
posted by jaduncan
on Apr 8, 2014 -
U.S. Can Detain Padilla Indefinitely. President George W. Bush was handed a major victory on Friday in his effort to assert sweeping presidential powers in the war on terrorism as a US appeals court upheld his authority to imprison indefinitely a US citizen captured on American soil.
posted by solistrato
on Sep 9, 2005 -
John Perry Barlow's trial commences
and is commented upon by Seth David Schoen. A most interesting paragraph was:
"First follow-up question: If you think a bottle contains an improvised explosive device, is it appropriate to shake it?
No, that's almost the worst thing you can do.
Second: Is it appropriate to open the bottle?
No, that's the worst thing you can do.
The defense then argued that Ms. Ramos could not really have believed that the ibuprofen bottle in question contained an improved[sic] explosive device, because she had testified that, on removing it from Barlow's bag, she became suspicious of it, then shook it, and then opened it. These actions were the most dangerous actions she could possibly have taken if she really believed that the bottle might contain explosives..."
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posted by Captaintripps
on Dec 17, 2004 -
Keep off the grass
These days in London it's okay to smoke grass but not okay to walk on grass.
Perhaps it's not all that surprising given that there's been a material breach
Any other current examples of civil liberties being eroded quite so outrageously where you live?
posted by skellum
on Jan 30, 2003 -
Say goodbye to personal liberty
if this bill
gets passed. A bill aimed at fighting drugs on and off line will limit your freedom of speech, allow police to enter your house with a warrant but not telling you what it's for. One step closer to the Police state. And one heck of a supreme court case in the wings.
posted by eljuanbobo
on May 9, 2000 -