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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