U.S. sued over planes that suck up cell phone data

A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service, demanding more information about a controversial surveillance tactic involving airplanes that fly over urban areas in order to sweep up cell phone signals.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit, filed in Washington, claims that the group demanded documents about the plane program under freedom-of-information laws last November, but that the federal government has so far failed to turn them over as required.

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Richmond FOIA suit thrown out, judge opens door to challenge

A Richmond judge has thrown out most of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the city related to the departure last year of former chief administrative officer Byron C. Marshall, but left room for more legal wrangling.

The judge’s ruling makes clear that the city is on shaky legal ground with its refusal to disclose the confidentiality agreements City Council members were asked to sign before being briefed on Marshall’s exit in September.

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