Category Archives: Social media warrants

Cal.1: The state cannot be forced to issue a SW to gather evidence for the defense

The defense sought murder victims’ social media account content, and the trial court refused to quash a subpoena which was challenged under the Stored Communications Act. The materials by statute would have to be produced in camera. As an alternative … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: No REP child porn sent by Facebook Messenger won’t be retransmitted to police by Facebook

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in child pornography uploaded to Facebook Messenger. Even treating it as email (Warshak), the email provider can turn child pornography over to law enforcement when it is transmitted. Then a further search warrant … Continue reading

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N.D.Iowa: Search of defendant’s entire Facebook account was overbroad for lack of temporal limitations

Search of defendant’s entire Facebook account was overbroad for lack of temporal limitations. United States v. Burkhow, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20319 (N.D. Iowa Feb. 6, 2020):

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techdirt: Court Order Shows DEA Demanding Tons Of Data From WhatsApp And Bunch Of Other Service Providers

techdirt: Court Order Shows DEA Demanding Tons Of Data From WhatsApp And Bunch Of Other Service Providers by Tim Cushing:

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The Intercept: Facebook Warrant Targeting Student Journalists in Puerto Rico Prompts Fears of Political Surveillance

The Intercept: Facebook Warrant Targeting Student Journalists in Puerto Rico Prompts Fears of Political Surveillance by Alleen Brown & Alice Speri. After student protests to budget cuts at Puerto Rico’s university, seven were charged. Apparently Facebook search warrants were used:

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CA3: Consent to search car moots possible mistake of fact motion to suppress

Defendant’s consent to a search of his car after a traffic stop moots the issue that the stop was based on a mistake of fact. United States v. Prado, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 38445 (3d Cir. Dec. 24, 2019).* Facebook’s … Continue reading

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MI: Seizing def’s home without reason to believe a wanted person was inside violated 4A

“The police officers violated the defendant’s constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure when they exceeded the proper scope of a knock and talk by approaching and securing the defendant’s home without sufficient reason to believe … Continue reading

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Courthouse News: Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Courthouse News: Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools by Nicholas Iovino (“The FBI cannot hide whether it uses powerful surveillance tools to monitor the social-media activity of millions of Americans and noncitizens, a federal judge … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Giving password to computer and Facebook account waived REP as to that person

Defendant gave his passwords to his computer and Facebook to his victim. Her searches are not Fourth Amendment violations. United States v. Johnson, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169622 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 1, 2019). The state’s admission on appeal that they … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Ten months of Facebook seizure was way overbroad, but the govt gets the benefit of the GFE

Knowing that defendant and his confederates talked about drug transactions on Facebook messenger, the limited search warrant for that was based on probable cause, and a message was recovered referring to acquiring a “ball” and it was almost certainly an … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: There is no suppression remedy for obtaining IP information from Facebook

IP information from Facebook is not subject to suppression by statute. There are civil and criminal penalties, and that’s it. As for the search warrant for his house, it was constitutionally particular. United States v. Carter, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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Reason: No Probable Cause Required for Cops To Access User Data From Popular Apps

Reason: No Probable Cause Required for Cops To Access User Data From Popular Apps by Ben McDonald: Only three states require police to obtain a warrant before requesting private user data from companies.

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