Switchboard: Google asks the Supreme Court to take its Wi-Fi sniffing case


A police officer stands on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court hears arguments in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and e-mails – Clapper. In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden obtained by Spencer Ackerman at the Guardian, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears to confirm the NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' communications. “There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States,” he wrote. “These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.”

The CEO of Bitcoin bans China, and the Internet’s other passive-aggressive April Fools’ jokes. "April Fools' Day is typically reserved for lighthearted fun and silliness. But it's just as much an opportunity to skewer popular targets with thinly veiled barbs. This year is no different, with a more cynical, self-referential perspective on the day," writes The Switch's Brian Fung as he reports on the most pointed tech policy April Fools' Day jokes this year. 

Google takes Wi-Fi snooping scandal to the Supreme Court. "The biggest U.S. Internet wiretapping program outside the NSA may be headed to the Supreme Court," reports Kevin Poulsen. "Google is asking the high court to rule on the legality of the company’s past sniffing of unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic in neighborhoods around the country as part of its Street View program. An appeals court last September found that the sniffing may have violated the Wiretap Act."

Judge orders Mt Gox CEO to U.S. for questions on failed bitcoin exchange.   "The chief executive of Japan's Mt. Gox, once the world's leading bitcoin exchange, was ordered to the United States to answer questions related to its U.S. bankruptcy case, filed after the company lost $400 million of customers' digital currency,"writes Tom Hals at Reuters. "U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan on Tuesday ordered Karpeles to appear on April 17 in Dallas at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, the law firm that represents Mt. Gox."

Every Star Trek film, charted. After taking a look at" Star Trek" television shows last week, this week the Switch tackled the film franchise. Spoiler: IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes rate the reboots higher than classics like "The Wrath of Khan" and "First Contact."

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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