Attempted border search of Apple employees devices must be investigated ACLU demands

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • Privacy Apple Getty Images Border control officers violated an Apple employee’s rights as a US citizen when they detained him for an hour and demanded that he unlock his iPhone and Mac for their scrutiny, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a civil complaint filed Tuesday.Andreas Gal, who founded an AI startup Apple acquired after stepping down as CTO of Mozilla, flew back to the US from Sweden on Nov. 29. Instead of breezing through the Global Entry border control system as usual at San Francisco International Airport, he was redirected to a room by Customs and Border Protection agents.There, three armed agents in military clothing asked questions about his work at Apple and Mozilla and his interactions with Canadian co-workers, the complaint says. They repeatedly asked him to unlock his Apple-issued phone and laptop, according to the complaint, an action he told them he’d take only if he could clear it with Apple or his lawyer. They threatened to keep his devices and “told him that he was committing a federal crime” by refusing them access, the complaint says.”If the government intended to scare me, they certainly succeeded. Ever since, I travel in fear,” Gal said in a blog post Tuesday. “The time is overdue for Congress to step in and provide meaningful oversight and legislation to reign in CBP’s egregious misconduct.”The case highlights the complications caused by the increasing number of electronic devices people carry into the country. Some US lawmakers support proposed laws requiring border control agents to obtain a search warrant before searching electronics devices. Such searches are a big deal, with authorities scrutinizing 30,200 computers and phones in 2017, up 60 percent from 2016.The Department of Homeland Security and Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.  Gal was born in Hungary and grew up in Germany, where he’s also a citizen. He became a US citizen in 2016, he said. Gal worked at Mozilla, concentrating on speeding up web-based JavaScript software, and left in 2014 to found startup Silk Labs, the AI start-up Apple bought. Violating US Constitution?The ACLU argues the situation violated Gal’s First Amendment rights to free speech and Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure. The organization seeks an investigation into Gal’s case and whether it violated the Constitution and Customs and Border Protection policies.It’s not yet clear if the government will take any action over the case, but that’s what ACLU attorney Jacob Snow hopes. “The DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties exists to investigate these kinds of abuses, and we are hopeful that they will do so here,” Snow said.Long gone are the days when data on our phones was limited to a list of recently called phone numbers, though that of course can be very sensitive.”Much information that courts have recognized as intensely private can be contained on people’s mobile devices, including internet browsing history, medical records, historical cell-phone location data, email, privileged communications and associational information,” the ACLU complaint (embedded below) argues.Border agent search privilegesBorder agents have broad but not unlimited privileges, the Department of Homeland Security says on its website. For example, at Border Patrol checkpoints, agents don’t have “carte blanche to automatically search persons and their vehicles,” the department says. “In order to conduct a legal search under the Fourth Amendment, the agents must develop particularly probable cause to conduct a lawful search. Probable cause can be developed from agent observations, records checks, non-intrusive canine sniffs and other established means.”Just about all of us have private information on our phones, but Gal’s case has another complication: He works for Apple, a company that goes to great lengths to maintain secrecy about its future products. Apple restricted access to Gal’s devices through a nondisclosure agreement, the ACLU complaint says.”Gal never refused to provide the passcodes to access the electronic devices in his possession, he only asked that he be allowed to consult with an attorney to ensure that he would not violate non-disclosure agreements with his employer,” the complaint says.The ACLU already has sued DHS over earlier cases involving searches of electronic devices at the border. The ACLU hasn’t decided whether to file a lawsuit over Gal’s case, Snow said. Although the agents never got access to Gal’s devices, they did revoke his Global Entry status, he said. “It is important to continue to shine a light on these improper practices.”First published April 2.Update, April 3: Adds comment from ACLU.Andreas Gal ACLU Border Search Complaint 2019-04 by jonathan_skillings on Scribd 10 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Houston Sends Supplies And Donations To Survivors Of Floods In Baton Rouge

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) underscored how quickly Houstonians reacted to help the flood survivors in Baton Rouge.Houstonians are helping Baton Rouge residents recover from the recent massive floods through an effort that has partnered the City of Houston with local religious and civic organizations.After seeing the devastation in Baton Rouge, Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Houstonians to make donations to help in the recovery process.Local churches served as drop-off locations that collected water, cleaning products, school supplies and clothes.Two trucks set out from Houston to transport the donations to Louisiana on Thursday.Moments before their departure, Turner said he was proud of the response from Houstonians.“Whether you gave a little bit or whether you gave a lot, the reality is for people who have lost everything that little bit means a lot, you know, to all of them,” he said.“Churches, non-profits, Houstonians on short, short notice, turned out in a huge, huge way,” Turner underscored.DeAndre Sam, president and CEO of A – Rocket Moving and Storage, the company that’s transporting the donations, said people were still making donations on Thursday.“So, I’m pretty sure there’ll probably be an opportunity to take some other stuff down somewhat at a later date as well and we’d be willing to do that as well,” Sam said. Turner says the distribution of the donations will be coordinated with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.Since President Barack Obama’s major disaster declaration to 20 parishes in South Louisiana, more than 120,000 households have registered for FEMA assistance. 00:00 /01:17last_img read more

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Citizenship Checks List Could Intimidate Legitimate Voters

first_img Ella Feldman/Houston Public MediaOutside of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center voting location in Montrose, campaign posters cover the grass.Harris County’s top elected official says the fact that thousands of registered voters in the county were wrongly flagged by the state for citizenship checks is “concerning.”“I fear and I worry that this is a bit of an effort to intimidate or even try and disenfranchise some folks,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo told Houston Public Media. “Maybe immigrant folks, or people of color, and there are a lot of organizations that are concerned about that.”The League of United Latin American Citizens is one of those groups; LULAC is suing state officials over the effort to identify non-citizens on the state’s voter rolls, calling it a “carefully calibrated” plan to intimidate legitimate voters.In Harris County, almost 18,000 names were removed from an initial list of potential non-citizens on the voter rolls that was distributed by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. That’s more than half of the almost 30,000 names in the county that were originally on the list.County officials have said they discovered thousands of people on the initial list were indeed citizens, and that more than 400 of those initial names were duplicates.In a statement Thursday, the Secretary of State’s Office said it’s “continuing to provide information to the counties to assist them in verifying eligibility of Texas voters” as part of a process to ensure “no eligible voters are impacted by any list maintenance activity.”“This is to ensure that any registered voters who provided proof of citizenship at the time they registered to vote will not be required to provide proof of citizenship as part of the counties’ examination,” spokesperson Sam Taylor said.County officials say they still have not mailed out any requests for proof of citizenship to the remaining people on the list.“We have to be very, very careful as we proceed,” Hidalgo said, “because there may be an injunction coming saying that we can’t take action on this list.” X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Hildago said the ordeal has the potential to discourage legitimate voters from going to the polls.“Every time you try and make voting scarier, sound more difficult to register, I do think that it plants a seed of fear,” she said. “You know, I registered to vote, and then am I going to be questioned? Nobody wants to have to go through that.”Governor Greg Abbott said this week the initial list was never meant to be a “hard-and-fast list,” according to the Texas Tribune:“This is what you would categorize as a process, a work [in progress],” Abbott said. “They’ll get it right, but I do want to be emphatic: It is essential that the secretary of state, [the Department of Public Safety], counties, anybody with any authority over this whatsoever work collaboratively and swiftly together to make sure our voter rolls are accurate, to ensure integrity in the election process.”center_img Listen 00:00 /05:59 Sharelast_img read more

Brain zaps boost memory in people over 60

first_imgZapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current can improve a form of memory – enough to make them perform like 20-year-olds – scientists say. Someday, people might visit clinics to boost that ability, which declines both in normal ageing and in dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, said Robert Reinhart, researcher at Boston University in the US. The treatment is aimed at “working memory,” the ability to hold information in mind for a matter of seconds as you perform a task, such as doing math in your head. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSometimes called the workbench or scratchpad of the mind, it’s crucial for things like taking medications, paying bills, buying groceries or planning, Reinhart said in a statement. The study is not the first to show that stimulating the brain can boost working memory. The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, showed success in older people and because the memory boost persisted for nearly an hour minimum after the brain stimulation ended. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s a superb first step” toward demonstrating a way to improve mental performance, said Barry Gordon, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. More research is needed before it can be formally tested as a treatment, researchers said. The electrical current was administered through a tight-fitting cap that also monitored each subject’s brainwaves. For study participants, that current felt like a slight tingling, itching or poking sensation under the electrodes for about 30 seconds, Reinhart said. The researchers’ idea was to improve communication between the brain’s prefrontal cortex in the front and the temporal cortex on the left side, because the rhythms of activity in those two regions had fallen out of sync with each other. So the researchers applied the current to those two regions to nudge the activity cycles back into a matching pattern. The results provided new evidence that a breakdown in that communication causes the loss of working memory with age, Reinhart said. Part of the study included 42 participants in their 20s, plus 42 others aged 60 to 76. First they were tested on a measure of working memory. It involved viewing an image such as a harmonica or broken egg on a computer screen, then a blank screen for three seconds, and then a second image that was either identical to the first or slightly modified.last_img read more

This popular Indonesian attraction is set to close for one year

first_imgThis popular Indonesian attraction is set to close for one year Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, January 31, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img JAKARTA — The Dinosaur Age may soon come to an end – again.According to The Jakarta Post, Komodo National Park, one of Indonesia’s most popular attractions, will close for one year to increase the local population of Komodo dragons and the deer they prey on.The exact dates of the closure have yet to be announced.Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, Governor of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration, said that the temporary closure will allow the provincial administration to more effectively manage the park and develop the dragons’ habitat.He also said that dragons in the current population aren’t as big as they used to be, which he blames on a decline in the local deer population due to poaching.With fewer deer to eat, Viktor also said there’s a chance that the lizards could start preying on their own kind to survive.“It’s natural instinct will emerge when [the population of one of the animals] in the komodo dragon’s food chain declines,” he said. “If food is abundant, the Komodo dragons will [use] a different instinct. This is why the administration wants to manage the Komodo dragon’s habitat by temporarily closing the area to visitors for one year.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerKomodo National Park is located between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara, and comprises three large islands – Komodo, Padar and Rinca – as well as 26 smaller ones. It was founded in 1980 to protect the prehistoric-looking Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard that can grow as large as 150 kilograms. Share Tags: Animals, Jakarta, Komodo Dragon, Komodo National Parklast_img read more