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Several federal circuits are tackling the issue whether the Government’s authority to search persons and property at the border, without a warrant, and often, without any suspicion, includes individuals’ electronic devices. The Fourth and Ninth Circuits have held that the Fourth Amendment requires at least reasonable suspicion for forensic searches of electronic devices [...]

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Passthoughts and the Creation of New Human Rights

On November 3, 2017 By scrupe

Apple’s latest facial identification technology has set much of the tech world abuzz; while many have lauded Apple’s technological prowess, others have expressed concern over user privacy and the potential for violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Facial recognition may not be at the forefront of authentication technology for long, however. The next [...]

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The FCC’s Recent Crack Down on Robocall Scammers

On September 15, 2017 By scbrooks

You feel the buzzing in your pocket. You pull out your phone and notice it isn’t a weird number calling from Kissimee Florida. Rather, the first six digits of the number are local, so you answer. “Hi this is Elizabeth with Resort Rewards Center and you’ve just won…” ‘click’ you hang up, another telemarketer.

In [...]

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Tweet Typos and the Presidential Records Act

On January 30, 2017 By epiepenburg

Our country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I tweet

On the first day of his presidency, the newly-inaugurated Donald Trump tweeted out from his personal account @realDonaldTrump (using a reportedly unprotected Android phone): “I am honered to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!” [...]

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

On September 29, 2016 By epiepenburg

After proudly exercising your right to participate in the electoral process, you want to share your excitement with the world. What better way than with a quick voting booth selfie for social media? Democracy always gets a lot of likes.

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s no surprise that “ballot selfies” are [...]

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Dennis Nicholl, a 63-year- old Chicago man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a felony for the unlawful interference with a public utility. His bail was just set at $10,000. His crime? Using a cell phone jammer on the subway.  Nicholl, dubbed the “the cellphone police,” at his bond hearing is [...]

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Cyber Security Bill Passes Senate in Landslide Vote

On November 26, 2015 By rmcleod

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the Senate with a vote of 74-21, and will now be merged with two other similar bills before reaching President Obama.

The CISA is intended to reduce the amount of corporate data breaches by permitting companies to share data regarding potential cyber threats with the Department of [...]

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Migrants fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are streaming into Europe and have presented European policymakers with their biggest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe during the first nine months of 2015. Syrians fleeing their [...]

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On October 6, the Office of Inspector General issued a Policy Reminder entitled “Information Blocking and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.” The purpose of this reminder was to ensure the public understands how information blocking can affect safe harbor protection under the Federal anti-kickback statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)) and to encourage the public to report [...]

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With the October 2nd release of The Martian and the September 28th confirmation that there is, in fact, water on Mars, outer space has been the subject of much conversation in recent months. But there is an aspect of space not being talked about, which may become far more important in the not-too-distant future: [...]

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