Apple to Crack Down on Tracking iPhone Users in Early Spring

Apple plans to roll out a new privacy control in the early spring to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. That puts the feature on course to come out after a more than six-month delay aimed at placating Facebook and other digital services that depend on such data surveillance to help sell ads.

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Surveillance Videos

A federal court in Florida ordered the destruction of “unlawfully obtained” surveillance footage of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, recorded between Jan. 18 and Jan. 22, 2019. The order, requested on behalf of a John Doe, pertains to video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Rovert Kraft of engaging in paid sex acts. Prosecutors last year dropped charges against Kraft relating to the prostitution sting.

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Surveillance

The Ninth Circuit upheld the convictions of four members of the Somali diaspora for sending, or conspiring to send, funds to Somalia to support a terrorist organization. The court ruled that although the government “may have violated the Fourth Amendment” by collecting metadata on millions of Americans, including at least one of the defendants, suppression of evidence is not warranted based on the facts of the case.

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Surveillance

The Ninth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing of unlawful search and discrimination claims brought by three Muslim residents of California who alleged the FBI used an informant to infiltrate several Los Angeles and Orange County mosques to “conduct a covert surveillance program that gathered information about Muslims based solely on their religious identity.”

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Israeli Company Accused of Spying Can’t Duck Whatsapp Lawsuit

A federal judge in California on Thursday refused to dismiss an Israeli software company from a lawsuit brought by Facebook-owned Whatsapp that claims the company used malware to spy on the messenger service’s users, particularly human rights advocates and journalists.

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