02/28/2012 - Law enforcement does not need a warrant to obtain the IP addresses for Twitter users, according to a recent decision. In investigating contributors to Wikileaks, the federal government asked Twitter to turn over the suspects’ account information. A U.S. district court ruled that the government does not need a warrant and that Twitter users have no expectations of privacy.
02/28/2012 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the parents of a teenager killed by police may pursue their excessive-force lawsuit. The teen was armed with a pocketknife and was threatening to kill himself. An appellate court instructed the lower court to determine whether the officers could reasonably suspect that the teenager posed an immediate threat to their safety.
02/28/2012 - A new standard out of the National Institute of Standards and Technology simplifies the transfer of DNA data across borders. It also provides more details on transmitting fingerprint and crime scene data.
02/27/2012 - Nearly two years after a U.S. law was passed to improve reporting and investigating of crimes committed on cruise ships, there’s uncertainty among former victims about whether the implementation of the legislation is living up to their expectations.
02/24/2012 - Minnesota cops violate a woman's privacy 425 times just to see what she looked like after losing weight. The Pentagon says courts shouldn't have say when an American who works with terrorists is targeted. An Australian woman scams $30,000 out of Nigerian scammers. And more.
02/15/2012 - FBI reviews and purges anti-Muslim training material. Cincinnati mulls news rules for metal sales to deter thieves. Guatemalan president wants to fight the drug war by legalizing them. And more.
02/14/2012 - Police among the worst speeders in South Florida, according to a newspaper's investigation. Syrian residents brace for civil war. Police in Maryland add "hospital policy" to new tasers. And more.
02/08/2012 - A study from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security says the wave of Muslim radicalization predicted still has not materialized. The FBI scales back its use of GPS tracking. The Office of the Inspector General says DHS needs better financial oversight. And more.
02/03/2012 - Audit finds CBP employees with smuggling and attempted murder on their criminals records. Former officer uses his credentials to visit lover in jail. The London Metropolitan police accidentally share victims' email addresses. And more.
01/30/2012 - A bill (S. 956) introduced by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) would authorize grants to state and local police departments to implement anonymous tip programs using text messages. Under the bill, such programs would be administered locally and police would be required to strip the texts of any identifying information. Police departments would be required to train sufficient personnel to intercept and respond to the tips and to promote the program, especially to youths.