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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 →
On December 3, 2010 By Ian Quin December 1, 2010
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 January 26, 2014
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 January 26, 2014
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 August 31, 2010
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 →
On July 15, 2010 By Emily Beverage July 22, 2010
The story unfolds like a hybrid horror or science fiction film: a serial killer called the Grim Sleeper preys on prostitutes and drug addicts, murdering them and disposing of their bodies in dumpsters and alleyways in a south Los Angeles neighborhood. The deranged man kills at least seven women in the mid-1980’s and then [...]Continue Reading →
Privacy protection for electronic communications has been a subject of debate for some time now, so it should come as no surprise that the government continues to make controversial attempts to obtain private email communications. A recent legal controversy between Yahoo! and the Department of Justice illustrates just how far the government can go in [...]Continue Reading →
Eyes in the Back of Their Heads: School Administrators Accused of Using Webcams to Spy on Their Students
On February 25, 2010 By JETLaw January 26, 2014
Teachers have long attempted to dissuade misbehavior by students–particularly those who are out of their teacher’s sight–by warning them that teachers have “eyes in the back of their heads.” Now, teachers and administrators at Harriton High School in the Lower Merion School District have actually acquired the ability to know what their students are doing [...]Continue Reading →
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