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Family refused information from French authorities on son’s death

Family refused information from French authorities on son’s death

THE family of a North-East man found dead in a foreign country lane have been refused information on the case because it could damage Britain’s relationship with France.

A freedom of information request submitted to the Foreign Office by Julie Sheppard revealed new details regarding the death of her son, 31-year-old Andrew Watt.

However, Foreign Office officials say other information cannot be disclosed because it could prejudice the relationship between the two countries. Read more.

Joe Willis | The Northern Echo | 4th April 2013

USA: Feds’ use of spy tools under scrutiny due to privacy concerns

If the FBI is trying to pinpoint the location of a suspect in your neighborhood, investigators could sweep up information from your mobile device just because you happen to be in proximity to their target. Civil liberties advocates are concerned that the practice is a major invasion of privacy.

The results of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the San Francisco Bay Guardian last year sheds new light on the federal government’s use of Stingrays, a surveillance technology that mimics a cellphone tower by automatically connecting with mobile devices in the area where a search is being conducted.

Stingray is a brand name, but the devices are sometimes called Triggerfish, digital analyzers, or cell site emulators. They’re known to technologists as IMSI catchers, meaning they can intercept a user’s International Mobile Subscriber Identity. Read more.

Rebecca Bowe | San Francisco Bay Guardian | 3rd April 2013

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