The Interstate Crosscheck program, a database operated by Kansas that checks whether voters in the US are registered in more than one state, has been suspended until security measures are implemented, the Washington Post reports. The suspension comes as part of the settlement of a lawsuit from the ACLU of Kansas.
The ACLU has sued two Homeland Security agencies over their use of Stingray phone surveillance devices, according to CNET. The lawsuit is seeking information on how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are protecting civil liberties while using these devices, which by design collect mobile phone data from anyone in the vicinity.
Google gave 1,494 device identifiers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in response to two search warrants, Forbes reports. The warrants requested data on Google customers located within three hectares during a timeframe relevant to four arson incidents in Wisconsin. The data was stored in Google's Sensor Vault database, which stores detailed location information on customers who have the location history setting enabled. This data is anonymized, but Google can provide more detailed information on each customer if law enforcement presents a warrant. This often involves innocent people's data being handed over to law enforcement, but this may be unavoidable. Professor Orin Kerr at Berkeley Law compares it to innocent people being present on video footage during a bank robbery.
Apple used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to make Twitter take down a security researcher's tweet containing a key that could reportedly be used to reverse engineer an iPhone's Secure Enclave Processor, Motherboard says. Apple was then criticized for abusing the DMCA, and the company retracted its claim and asked Twitter to reinstate the tweet.