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Submission + - BART Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco (hothardware.com)

camperslo writes: The original protests faulted BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System) police for the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man last month, but now encompass larger free speech issues after BART shut down cell phone voice and data communications in its trains and stations during a protest on Thursday. The killing has outraged many, the cellular shutdown brought responses from the EFF and Annonymous. Some related websites were hacked and data posted.

Submission + - Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation (mainichi.jp)

camperslo writes: This legislation is a major move for Japan since the constitution there provides for privacy of communications, in sharp contrast with some other countries.

"Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrimes, but critics say the move could infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed privacy of communications.

With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government intends to conclude the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty that stipulates international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace."

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