U.S. Department of Justice: Department of Justice Announces Launch of Civil Rights Reporting Portal

U.S. Department of Justice: Department of Justice Announces Launch of Civil Rights Reporting Portal. “The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal – located at civilrights.justice.gov – will consolidate over 30 unique reporting pathways. The portal will dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel. The form is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It is also available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be added over the next year.”

Justice Department, state attorneys general poised to hit Google with antitrust lawsuits: report (MarketWatch)

MarketWatch: Justice Department, state attorneys general poised to hit Google with antitrust lawsuits: report. “The Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general may file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet Inc.’s Google as soon as this summer, according to a Wall Street Journal report that published Friday afternoon and cited people familiar with the matter.”

Marketing Land: Justice Department homing in on Google Ad Manager in antitrust probe

Marketing Land: Justice Department homing in on Google Ad Manager in antitrust probe. “The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is talking with multiple publishers and ad-tech companies as it scrutinizes Google’s third-party ad tools, as part of the DOJ’s antitrust investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Companies the DOJ has reached out to include the New York Times, Gannett, Condé Nast, Oracle, Yelp and DuckDuckGo among several others.”

CNBC: DOJ antitrust chief recuses himself from the Google probe due to potential conflicts

CNBC: DOJ antitrust chief recuses himself from the Google probe due to potential conflicts. “Makan Delrahim, the top antitrust official at the Department of Justice, is recusing himself from the agency’s investigation of potentially anticompetitive behavior at Google due to potential conflicts of interest in his past.”

Techdirt: Puerto Rico’s Justice Department Demanded Info From Facebook About Journalists Who Livestreamed Protests

Techdirt: Puerto Rico’s Justice Department Demanded Info From Facebook About Journalists Who Livestreamed Protests. “While the DOJ and FBI have dealt with some limited repercussions due to their targeting of First Amendment activities (which includes targeting Muslims because they’re Muslims), it really hasn’t promised to stop doing this. Nor has it been told to stop doing this. Instead, the DOJ has simply made it slightly more difficult for investigators to violate people’s rights. The Intercept has done some investigating of its own and discovered the FBI actively engaged in First Amendment violations for years during its partnership with Puerto Rican law enforcement agencies.”

CNET: Facebook’s rivals reportedly contacted by DOJ as part of antitrust probe

CNET: Facebook’s rivals reportedly contacted by DOJ as part of antitrust probe. “The US Department of Justice has reportedly been setting up interviews with Facebook’s rivals as part of an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest social network, a sign that the agency is moving forward with its probe.”

Reuters: U.S. state AGs, Justice Dept. officials to meet and coordinate on Google probe – sources

Reuters: U.S. state AGs, Justice Dept. officials to meet and coordinate on Google probe – sources. “Talks will likely include Google’s dominance in online search, possible anticompetitive behaviour in its Android mobile operating system, and the best division of labour as the probes move forward, the paper said, citing some of the people.”

US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children

US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children. “U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, Chief W. Howard Harrison of the Planation Police Department, and Chief Dale Engle of the Davie Police Department, announced that Joseph Isaiah Woodson, Jr., 30, of Ashburn, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday to a total of 600 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, after having been convicted at trial of using the internet to target and extort children through sexual exploitation (‘sextortion’) and pornographic offenses.”

Ars Technica: DOJ reportedly launches its own Facebook probe at AG Barr’s urging

Ars Technica: DOJ reportedly launches its own Facebook probe at AG Barr’s urging. “Facebook, it seems, is continuing to shatter records of all sorts. Usually, regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice agree to conduct antitrust probes against a company one at a time, deciding in advance who should take the lead and run with it. According to a new report, though, the US attorney general has decided that one federal investigation just isn’t enough.”

TechCrunch: Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust

TechCrunch: Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust. “The Justice Department has indicted dozens of individuals accused of involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals had been arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los Angeles area. A total of 80 defendants are allegedly involved in the scheme.”

BloombergQuint: DOJ Scrutinizes Google Advertising, Search in Antitrust Probe

BloombergQuint: DOJ Scrutinizes Google Advertising, Search in Antitrust Probe. “The Justice Department is scrutinizing Google’s digital advertising and search operations as authorities gear up a broad antitrust review of the market power of giant internet companies, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Explainer: What Google, Facebook could face in U.S. antitrust probe (Reuters UK)

Reuters UK: Explainer: What Google, Facebook could face in U.S. antitrust probe. “While the Justice Department did not name any targets in announcing the probe on Tuesday, sources have indicated Alphabet Inc’s Google, social media giant Facebook Inc, online retailer Amazon.com Inc and possibly Apple Inc will likely be reviewed. Here’s what regulators could focus on at the big technology companies.”

The Register: Sorry, we haven’t ACLU what happened in sealed ‘Facebook decryption’ case, but let’s find out

The Register: Sorry, we haven’t ACLU what happened in sealed ‘Facebook decryption’ case, but let’s find out. “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.”

Politico: Rosenstein announces new hate crimes reporting website

Politico: Rosenstein announces new hate crimes reporting website. “The website is a ‘one-stop portal’ with information for law enforcement, prosecutors and the general public to learn about all the resources available to report hate crimes, [Rod] Rosenstein said. The site is part of an ongoing effort within the Department of Justice to expand protections against hate crimes and to bridge gaps in hate crime reporting.”