Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete copied data

An international air traveler is cleared by a US Customs and Border Protection Officer (L) and is approved to enter the United States inside the US Customs and Immigration area at Dulles International Airport (IAD) , December 21, 2011 in Sterling, Virgina, near Washington, DC. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) An American Muslim woman who two months ago asked a federal judge to compel border officials to erase data copied from her iPhone 6S Plus has settled her lawsuit with the government—federal authorities have now agreed to delete the seized data. The case, Lazoja v. Nielsen, involves what’s called a Rule 41(g) Motion, otherwise known as a “Motion to Return Property.” Normally, this rule is invoked for tangible items seized as part of a criminal investigation, not for digital data that can easily be copied, bit for bit. Here, the plaintiff, Rejhane Lazoja, asked the judge to return data that she already has—after all, federal authorities eventually returned her iPhone after 90 days, fully intact. 

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Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets

An alleged hacking conspiracy targeted designs for a turbofan engine similar to this one. (credit: Ashley Dace) Federal prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed charges that accused two Chinese government intelligence officers and eight alleged co-conspirators of conducting sustained computer intrusions into 13 companies in an attempt to steal designs for a turbofan engine used in commercial jetliners. A 21-page indictment filed in US District Court in the Southern District of California said the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, an arm of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of State Security, directed the five-year campaign.

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Police trial of Amazon facial recognition tech doesn’t seem to be going very well

Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, continues to cause controversy. In documents recently obtained by BuzzFeed News, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at how Orlando police have been using the technology. After the city let the original pilot program expire after public outcry, Orlando started a second pilot program with an “increased” number of face-scanning cameras. Amazon’s Rekognition is described broadly as a visual analysis tool. But, deployed by law enforcement, it can scan faces caught on camera and match them against faces in criminal databases. The ACLU called the technology “primed for abuse in the hands of governments” and warned that it “poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants.”

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Judge Tells Black Defendant That The N-Word Isn’t Offensive Because He Was Never A Slave

Little in this world is as straightforward as the rules surrounding the use of the n-word. If you’re not black… you don’t get to say it. We’ve even got an app for that!

Despite this clarity, we white people are always trying to make new rules for it. “Some black people use the word!” Sure. As part of a linguistic reclaiming, it’s a term available to black people. Other black people still choose not to use it. The key to this “confusion” around the word is that black people have the option to work this out for their own lives and don’t need white people trying to figure it out for them.

White people like Cook County Judge Richard D. Schwind.

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Florida Lawyer begins 60-day suspension for hijacking former firm’s email account, derogatory Facebook post

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A Florida lawyer began a 60-day suspension over the weekend for a campaign of retaliation against the owner of the law firm that fired him.

The Florida Supreme Court ordered the suspension of Jacksonville lawyer Paul H. Green Jr. last month, to take effect in 30 days. Green also will have to contact Florida Lawyers Assistance for an evaluation. The Florida Record and the Miami Herald have coverage

Amazon pitched facial recognition tech to ICE despite employee objections

Amazon would really like U.S. law enforcement to use its facial-recognition software, despite how its employees feel. According to internal documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, Amazon met with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the summer in order to pitch facial-recognition technology known as Rekognition. SEE ALSO: Here’s how to set up a VPN and protect your data In June 2018, Amazon Web Services sales representatives met with ICE officials to discuss the government agency’s use of the face-scanning technology. In an email to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations that followed, Amazon sent “action items” which included “Rekognition Video tagging/analysis, scalability, custom object libraries.” The Amazon sales representative went on to thank the agency for its interest in using the company’s technology “to support ICE and the HSI mission.” 

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