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On March 20, 2015 By Reed Nixon March 20, 2015
Cell phones have become an unquestionably ubiquitous part of everyday life for a large majority of Americans. Many take their phones with them everywhere and use them for numerous functions throughout the course of their day. Consequently people often inadvertently or purposefully store a host of personal information on such devices. The Supreme Court [...]Continue Reading →
On January 30, 2015 By William Roberts January 30, 2015
With more and more police departments purchasing body cameras and adopting policies that officers wear these cameras at all times when on duty, one is left wondering what will the effects on the criminal justice system be?
Departments that have implemented the use of body cameras have achieved staggering results. The police department in [...]Continue Reading →
On July 1, 2014 By Daniel Rheiner July 2, 2014
The United States Supreme Court recently decided Riley v. California. Two separate Amici Curiae briefs petitioning for Writ of Certiorari (available here and here) cited a note published by the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology, continuing the journal’s impressive rise to the [...]Continue Reading →
On June 20, 2014 By Morgan Morrison June 18, 2014
The Eleventh Circuit handed down a groundbreaking decision this past week, holding in United States v. Davis that the Fourth Amendment protects information about a person’s cell site data.
Cell site data reveals a cellphone’s physical address at call origination, duration, and termination. In Davis, that information was provided [...]Continue Reading →
On March 11, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson March 11, 2014
The simmering surveillance debate just hit a flash point.
On Tuesday morning, Senator Dianne Feinsten, Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the CIA of spying on Senate computers used by committee staff investigating CIA interrogation techniques. The search was supposedly focused on whether the Intelligence Committee had obtained a particular CIA report on interrogation procedures. Senator Feinstein called [...]Continue Reading →
Courts Split on the Constitutionality of NSA Surveillance Programs — Rand Paul Wants to Settle the Issue in the US Supreme Court
On February 12, 2014 By Dahni Barav January 14, 2015
Do you have a telephone? Want to join a class action against the NSA? Rand Paul plans to file a class action lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA), and he’s looking for people to join in the suit. He claims that the NSA’s practice of collecting phone records for 100 million people under [...]Continue Reading →
The Supreme Court grants cert in the Aereo case, which pits the over-the-air TV streaming upstart against the big broadcasting [...]Continue Reading →
On July 16, 2013 By Michael Silliman July 27, 2013
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 →
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