Category Archives: Computer searches

New law review article: Encryption Workarounds

New law review article: Encryption Workarounds by Orin S. Kerr & Bruce Schneier: Abstract:

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D.Minn.: USMJ recommends Playpen warrant be suppressed

R&R recommends Playpen warrant be suppressed. United States v. Carlson, 16-cr-00317-JRT-FLN (D. Minn. March 23, 2017). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging the particularity of the search warrant in this case. “In our view, the warrant describes the character … Continue reading

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The Guardian: Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case

The Guardian: Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case by Olivia Solon: Former Philadelphia police officer Francis Rawls, who has been in jail for 17 months, has refused to obey a court order to … Continue reading

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ABAJ: Google vows to fight search warrant seeking the names of everyone who Googled crime victim

ABAJ: Google vows to fight search warrant seeking the names of everyone who Googled crime victim by Debra Cassens Weiss: Google says it will fight a search warrant seeking information about anyone who searched the name of a financial crime … Continue reading

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CA3: 5A no bar to using All Writs Act and contempt power to order target to decrypt hard drive

The government can use the All Writs Act to get the target of a search to decrypt a hard drive because it does not violate the Fifth Amendment. Challenging the merits of the underlying order in a civil contempt isn’t … Continue reading

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Kerr: Oregon AG’s Office argues to State SCT that ex ante search restrictions on computer warrants not ok.

Orin Kerr on Twitter: Oregon AG’s Office argues to State SCT that ex ante search restrictions on computer warrants not ok. State v Mansor https://orinkerrblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/2017_wl_944311.pdf …

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The Hill: ACLU challenges warrant to search Facebook page of Dakota Access opponents

The Hill: ACLU challenges warrant to search Facebook page of Dakota Access opponents by Morgan Chalfant: The American Civil Liberties Union is moving to quash a police warrant granted to search data on a Facebook page of a group protesting … Continue reading

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EFF: Secret Court Orders Aren’t Blank Checks for General Electronic Searches

EFF: Secret Court Orders Aren’t Blank Checks for General Electronic Searches by Mark Rumhold:

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OH8: Taking pictures of sex with a minor with a cell phone supports SW for home computer for storage

The child victim’s claim that defendant used his cell phone to take pictures of the two of them having sex logically supported a search warrant for defendant’s computers in his house because of the ease with which images can be … Continue reading

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techdirt: Judge: FBI’s NIT Warrant Invalid And IP Addresses Do Have An Expectation Of Privacy, But No Suppression Granted

techdirt: Judge: FBI’s NIT Warrant Invalid And IP Addresses Do Have An Expectation Of Privacy, But No Suppression Granted by Tim Cushing: Thanks to the FBI’s one-to-many NIT warrant, which was issued in Virginia but reached thousands of computers all … Continue reading

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