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The recent events surrounding Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program are bringing domestic law enforcement surveillance into the public consciousness. In particular, the implications of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, are being reevaluated.
The recently implemented technology consists of a camera linked to a processing [...]Continue Reading →
Privacy concerns for cloud computing range from hackers obtaining personal information to searches by the government. What is rarely considered are the autoscan searches routinely conducted by some cloud providers. These autoscans usually search material when it is uploaded or downloaded. The cloud providers accomplish this by comparing “ Continue Reading →
A challenge to the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial full-body scans took a crash landing Friday when a federal court of appeals upheld the screenings against a slew of constitutional and statutory challenges.
Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scans use low-intensity X-rays or radio frequencies to map an undressed image of air travelers as they [...]Continue Reading →
Here’s a travel warning you won’t get from the State Department: The Ninth Circuit last week held that police may seize digital devices at the border, transport them 170 miles to a forensics lab and search them during a two-day period, all without reasonable suspicion.
The decision marks the latest piecemeal expansion to the so-called [...]Continue Reading →
In the United States, citizens are guaranteed protection from unreasonable search and seizure by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. But as anyone who’s looked into Fourth Amendment jurisprudence will tell you, the most important word in that analysis is unreasonable. Courts around the country have developed a wide range of categories that [...]Continue Reading →
Now that Thanksgiving has passed and with it (to some extent) the controversy over the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full-body scan/pat-down security procedures at airports, a similar controversy looks to be heating up in a different venue. Two courthouses in Colorado–the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, CO and the El Paso County Judicial Center [...]Continue Reading →
On September 30, 2010 By Edwin Chadwick
Although J. Edgar Hoover may be dead, his spirit remains alive and well.
This past Monday, the New York Times broke a story about proposed legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to conduct wiretaps on the Internet. In essence, the legislation and accompanying regulations would mandate that all communication services, [...]Continue Reading →
On September 16, 2010 By Jordan Teague
Zuckerberg may have been onto something earlier this year when he declared that privacy is dead. Although digital privacy expectations may not be entirely dead, the California courtroom and corporate worlds have both done their part this month to bring privacy to extinction.
Apple is thinking about patenting spyware that would [...]Continue Reading →
Most of us use our cell phones daily without ever thinking that someone may be tracking where and how often we use them. A federal court of appeals, however, ruled on Thursday that the Fourth Amendment does not require government officials to have probable cause before requesting records detailing when and where a [...]Continue Reading →
On September 1, 2010 By Susan Reilly
In Paris Hilton’s third encounter with law enforcement in the past three months, she was charged with felony drug possession which could earn her probation that, if violated, comes with a one to four-year jail sentence. Late last Friday night, a Las Vegas police officer pulled over Hilton’s vehicle, driven by her boyfriend, Cy [...]Continue Reading →
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