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The Feds Can Film Your Front Porch for 68 Days Without a Warrant, Says Court

Gizmodo reported:

Law enforcement in Kansas recorded the front of a man’s home for 68 days straight, 15 hours a day, and obtained evidence to prove him guilty on 16 charges. The officers did not have a search warrant, using a camera on a pole positioned across the street to capture Bruce Hay’s home. A federal court ruled on Tuesday that it was fine for law enforcement to do so, in what’s potentially a major reduction in privacy law.

“Mr. Hay had no reasonable expectation of privacy in a view of the front of his house,” said the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in its decision on U.S. vs Hay. “As video cameras proliferate throughout society, regrettably, the reasonable expectation of privacy from filming is diminished.”

The federal court’s decision says that video cameras have become “ubiquitous,” and have therefore diminished our expectations of privacy. Police officers wear body cameras now, cellphones have cameras, and many doorbells record your porch. The court isn’t wrong that cameras are everywhere.

U.S. vs Hay sets a precedent around how cameras can be used by law enforcement. It clearly defines what federal agents can record, and also what is considered a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” According to this case, the front of your home is not private at all.

U.S. Warns Hackers Are Carrying Out Attacks on Water Systems

Reuters reported:

The U.S. government is warning state governors that foreign hackers are carrying out disruptive cyberattacks against water and sewage systems throughout the country.

In a letter released Tuesday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan warned that “disabling cyberattacks are striking water and wastewater systems throughout the United States.”

“These attacks have the potential to disrupt the critical lifeline of clean and safe drinking water, as well as impose significant costs on affected communities,” the letter said.

The digital safety of water and sewage plants has long been a concern for cybersecurity professionals because the facilities provide a critical service and can often be lightly defended. Last year’s intrusion at a booster facility — which monitors and regulates water pressure — in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania drew particular attention, in part because the stricken controller was replaced with a message saying: “YOU HAVE BEEN HACKED.”

Judge Denies Apple’s Attempt to Dismiss a Class-Action Lawsuit Over AirTag Stalking

Star Tribune reported:

A judge has denied Apple‘s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit claiming that stalkers are using its AirTag devices to track victims — and that the tech giant hasn’t done enough to prevent them.

Apple’s $29 AirTags have become popular items since their 2021 release, helping users keep tabs on the location of anything from their lost keys to wallets and luggage. But stalkers have also taken advantage of AirTags and similar products to follow individuals without their consent.

In December 2022, Apple was sued by dozens of plaintiffs who said they were stalked by AirTag users. They alleged that Apple failed to mitigate such dangers and should have done more to protect victims — claiming AirTags ”revolutionized the scope, breadth, and ease of location-based stalking” and that current safety features are inadequate.

Biometric Ticketing to Start Opening Day for Phillies at All Stadium Entrances

Biometric Update reported:

The Philadelphia Phillies are promoting facial recognition ticketing to all of the main entrance gates at Citizens Bank Park following a successful debut as a pilot project last year.

Major League Baseball is introducing its Go-Ahead Entry program, a top prospect in biometric ticketing and access control, to all stadiums league-wide during the 2024 season.

Fans submit a selfie through the MLB Ballpark app and enter at gates where Go-Ahead Entry is implemented without showing a ticket or their phone. The service was first deployed to the first base gate at Citizens’ last year and expanded to the third base gate during the season.

In addition to the Phillies, the Houston Astros, the San Francisco Giants and one other team will have the biometric ticketing system in place by opening day. The Giants have deployed Go-Ahead Entry at the Lefty O’Doul and 2nd and King gates.

The Supreme Court Looks Unlikely to Overhaul Online Speech After All

The Washington Post reported:

In the past year, the Supreme Court has tackled four sets of cases that raised pivotal questions about online speech. Together, the cases once appeared to have the potential to dramatically reshape the legal landscape around social media and reinterpret the First Amendment for the digital age.

With Monday’s oral arguments in Murthy v. Missouri, the court has now heard all four. Given that the court has yet to rule on two of them, it would be premature to draw firm conclusions. Still, close observers are starting to sense how the justices are thinking about social media in relation to the First Amendment. The Tech 202 talked with three legal experts who’ve been following the cases to get their takeaways.

When the court last year took up a pair of cases that appeared to threaten Section 230, the social media industry’s prized liability shield, many wondered if “they were going to come in with a sledgehammer” and rewrite the rules of the internet, said Evelyn Douek, a professor at Stanford Law School. But from early in those arguments, it became clear that a majority of the justices were wary of blundering into uncharted territory.

In those cases, Twitter v. Taamneh and Gonzalez v. Google, the court ruled for the tech companies and sidestepped Section 230 altogether, largely maintaining the status quo. They’ve continued to tread carefully in the subsequent cases, Douek said, appearing “more interested in trying to find a scalpel and proceed more cautiously.”

French Competition Watchdog Hits Google With 250 Million Euro Fine

Reuters reported:

France’s competition watchdog on Wednesday said it fined Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) 250 million euros ($271.73 million) for breaches linked to EU intellectual property rules in its relationship with media publishers, citing concerns about the company’s AI service.

The watchdog said Google’s AI-powered chatbot Bard — since rebranded under the name Gemini — was trained on content from publishers and news agencies, without notifying them.