In 1978 the congress in the United States commissioned the foreign intelligence surveillance court as a special court that is presided over by seven federal district court judges who reviews applications for warrants that is related to national security investigations. These judges are taken from the different judicial circuits in the United States and they serve for no-renewable terms of no more than seven years. The formation of the court was an essential part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (92 stat. 1783). The court requires that the government obtain a judicial warrant before they can start any intelligence operation.
The act was in response to a study done by the senate select committee with regards to governmental operations in regards to their intelligence activities. There were allegations that they were abusing the executive authority in regards to how they conduct domestic electronic surveillance in the best interest of national security. Also under the Fourth Amendment some kind of judicial warrant might also be required to conduct some form of national security related investigations. Continue reading
Once an individual has been arrested in the United States all information regarding the arrest and or subsequent conviction is a matter of public knowledge. The freedom of information act has made it legal for law enforcement agencies to share criminal records for individuals on their websites as well as it can be accessed from their office. Once you know how to find public records it is easy to find information on individuals you suspect to have had a criminal history. You will also be able to verify the credibility of individuals you allow around your children and family by extension. Continue reading
There are numerous threats to the security of personal information online. Many of these hazards can cause serious material loss and immense reputation damage for the unfortunate individual who has their personal information misused or abused by someone with malicious intentions. Being dispossessed of their identity is among the worst violations that one can suffer when the unscrupulous actions of a hacker are perpetrated against them. This identity theft threat is one that is seemingly growing more and more ominous as technology advances and increasing numbers of Americans get reliable and consistent access to the World Wide Web. Fortunately, there are a number of measures that can be employed to combat the dangers posed to the privacy of their various types of sensitive data. Continue reading
In the United States, criminal activities that involve perpetration of a fraud through the use of the Internet or computer may take many forms. One common form of Internet fraud includes “hacking” where the perpetrator uses sophisticated technological tools to remotely access a secure network or computer location. The next common criminal activity involves the illegal interception of an electronic transmission. It includes the interception of private information such as credit card information, passwords and other types of identity theft. Continue reading
Every man, woman, boy and girl has access to the Internet. Through this medium, they are able to communicate across borders, learn new things, organize thoughts and develop ideas. The luxury of this concept is often classified as “Internet freedom”.
While this is indeed something that everyone enjoys having, it can prove to be quite detrimental to all those who partake in it. Why is this so? This is due to the fact that in enjoying the liberty of “Internet freedom”, they fail to look at the bigger picture which involves safety. With the access to personal information, unsuspecting individuals are able to manipulate and exploit for their own benefit. Continue reading
Protecting your valuable information is critical in ensuring that you are not a target of one of America’s fastest-growing criminal acts. Which offense is being referred to? Easily one of the most damaging – the occurrence of identity theft. There are reports which indicate that millions of Americans are victims of this phenomenon on a yearly basis and while more and more mechanisms are being implemented to curb the offense, there is nothing to prove that the offenders are slowing down. Continue reading
Though it is not a common “dinner table” discussion, it is important that citizens stay in the know with all the regulations and laws that could affect them. One particular topic in this category is Internet privacy laws.
The purpose of Internet privacy laws is to define how and what the government and private entities can do with the information that is stored or transmitted through the World Wide Web.
Below are four of the laws that US citizens should concern themselves with. Continue reading
Employee privacy rights are a BIG issue and hot news when it comes to today’s job market. Your reputation and ability to get and or keep a job all depend on how you are protecting your privacy. There are a number of new technologies that allow employers to track the activities of their staff on a day to day basis. That being said, there are certain legal obligations and respects that the company has to show to their staff, but in many instances the final say is left to them. All this comes together under the umbrella of “employee privacy rights”. In understanding the issue on a grand scale, it should be noted that there are very few federal laws and even fewer state laws that determine how an employee’s rights should provisioned.
Here are a few of the categories that most employees are concerned with – alongside corresponding information – as it relates to employee privacy rights: Continue reading
Threats, in any shape or form, are not welcomed by any individual. While there are many measure that you may utilize on a daily basis to protect yourself physically, it should not be taken for granted that Internet threats can be just as detrimental.
Understandably, not everyone has the requisite knowledge to go about safeguarding their personal information, so here are some of the top measure you can explore to protect yourself from Internet threats:
The data and records of customers and citizens of the United States businesses and government must apply increasingly complex laws and regulations to ensure that their information is protected. To ensure that this is done in the correct way, people depend heavily on the private information act.
Accepting the U.S. personal information protection laws is often times difficult because of the amount of laws and regulations that affect and relates to these issues. According to the Identity Theft Resource there were more that 79 million records that were reported compromised in 2007. Due to the increase in data collection and methods that are easier to use to collect this information protecting personal information has become quite a task in businesses and government entities. Continue reading