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Seventh Circuit Wrestles with Constitutionality of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches By Brittany Horth – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg United States v. Flores-Lopez, No. 10-3803 (7th Cir. 2012) Slip opinion The Seventh Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, which had held that a warrantless search of a cell phone in order to obtain its phone number is permitted under the Fourth Amendment. Judge Posner acknowledged that the issue had implications for computers and other electronics ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Geng Chen Violent Video Game Fight Ends Not With a Bang, But With an Invoice The Sacramento Bee had the last word in the California violent video games saga. California taxpayers will end up bearing the $1.8 million bill for legal services related to defending the controversial state statute, struck down by a 7-2 vote in the Supreme Court last year in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n. It would have prevented retailers from selling video games depicting killing, maiming, ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 2 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Marsha Sukach EU Court Says Social Networks Cannot Be Forced to Monitor Users The European Court of Justice ruled that social networks cannot be required to monitor users solely for the purpose of stopping piracy, reports CNET. The court said that such a requirement created a complicated and costly burden on the sites, and that it might endanger the privacy of user data by forcing sites to identify and analyze information connected to user profiles. According to the Wall ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Written by Heather Whitney Edited by Kassity Liu Editorial Policy United States v. Jones (U.S. Jan. 23, 2012) 2012 WL 171117; No. 10-1259 In a hotly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court unanimously found that the Government’s warrantless attachment of a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device to a vehicle to monitor its movement constituted a Fourth Amendment violation. While unanimous in judgment, the Court split on both its underlying reasoning and with regards to whether the tracking amounted to a ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 7 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Susanna Lichter Google Privacy Revisions Stir Debate Google announced a new privacy policy last Monday, raising the concerns of privacy advocates, the Washington Post reports. The policy will allow the web giant to collect information across Google services including search, Gmail and YouTube. Google alleges that the changes will “provide, maintain, protect and improve” Google’s functionality as well as generate “more relevant search results and ads” for users. So far the policy has received mixed reviews. Digital rights organizations ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 1 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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