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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Hidden Cameras

An appeals court in Florida ruled that a provision in a contract between AirBnB and vacation renters did not unequivocally dictate that only an arbitrator, and not a judge, could decide the issue of arbitrability. The renters sued AirBnB after discovering the owner of the condominium they rented had hidden cameras throughout the property, which recorded “some private and intimate interactions” during their stay.

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National Security Surveillance Nabs More Than Spies

The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies and terrorists.

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