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U.S. Marshals Service Uses Airborne “Dirtboxes” to Collect Cell Phone Data

By Katherine Kwong – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The U.S. government has been using “dirtboxes” to collect cell phone data. The program, designed for criminal suspect surveillance, is accused of also collecting cell phone data on numerous Americans not suspected of any crime. While many commentators express concern about the program’s legality, others argue that the program is an effective method of catching criminals.

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Posted On Nov - 25 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Silk Road 2.0 Takedown Indicates Law Enforcement May Have Developed a Method to Trace Hidden Tor Websites

By Steven Wilfong — Edited by Travis West

The complaint filed against Blake Benthall, the alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0, indicates that the FBI identified a server that was used to host the popular drug market website, despite the fact that the website’s location was hidden by the Tor anonymity software.  Law enforcement may have developed a method of compromising Tor anonymity, a possibility that would prove useful in future operations, but that also raises concerns for legitimate users.

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Posted On Nov - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Court Rules Police May Compel Suspects to Unlock Fingerprint-Protected Smartphones

By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Yixuan Long

A Virginia state trial court ruled that the police may constitutionally order a suspect to unlock a fingerprint-protected smartphone, but that a password-protected phone falls under the aegis of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Cristina Carapezza

Federal Appeals Court Weighs NSA’s Surveillance Program

Argentine Supreme Court Rules on Liability of Internet Intermediaries

3D Printed Plastic Guns Withstand New Ammunition Design

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Posted On Nov - 11 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

ACLU and EFF Protest the Constitutionality of Williamson County Schools’ Technology Policy

By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jesse Goodwin

The ACLU of Tennessee and EFF wrote a letter to the superintendent and board of Williamson County Schools in response to its new technology policy. The letter raises concerns about portions of the policy that would limit students’ right to freely use social media even when outside the school and would permit students’ devices to be searched with few restrictions, in violation of students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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Posted On Nov - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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