Category Archives: Digital privacy

Nothing online is anonymous; especially Zoom

There’s no Fourth Amendment issue raised here, but this is a particularly ugly child pornography case involving live child rape broadcast by Zoom. Police gathered sign-in and logs from Zoom used to share the child pornography. It was captured first … Continue reading

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EFF: So-called “Consent Searches” Harm Our Digital Rights

EFF: So-called “Consent Searches” Harm Our Digital Rights by Adam Schwartz:

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AZ: Third party doctrine after Carpenter doesn’t require SW for IP addresses and subscriber info

The third party doctrine after Carpenter does not make IP addresses and subscriber information protected by the Fourth Amendment or the state constitution. State v. Mixon, 2021 Ariz. LEXIS 3 (Jan. 11, 2021):

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Geofence warrants can be used to identify those who invaded the Capitol, not to mention Facebook warrants

The government’s prior use of geofence warrants were a prelude to this: With the invasion of the Capitol on Wednesday, the government now can attempt to locate all the cell phones inside the Capitol to identify those to potentially charge. … Continue reading

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NBC News: Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis

NBC News: Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis by Olivia Solon (“Looser privacy standards for vehicle data are a treasure chest of data for law enforcement.”)

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Vox: The real cost of smart speakers

Vox: The real cost of smart speakers by Sam Ellis (“But essentially, smart speakers are microphones that connect to the internet. And they come with a hidden cost: some of our privacy. After listening to our questions and demands, these … Continue reading

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The Intercept: Powerful Mobile Phone Surveillance Tool Operates in Obscurity Across the Country

The Intercept: Powerful Mobile Phone Surveillance Tool Operates in Obscurity Across the Country by Sam Richards (“CellHawk helps law enforcement visualize large quantities of information collected by cellular towers and providers.”)

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The Crime Report: Is Your Phone Safe? The Dangers of Police Access to Private Digital Data

The Crime Report: Is Your Phone Safe? The Dangers of Police Access to Private Digital Data by Christa Miller (“A recent report from the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Upturn highlights the privacy and civil rights concerns arising from the use of … Continue reading

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techspot: Schools are using FBI hacking tools to access students’ phones

techspot: Schools are using FBI hacking tools to access students’ phones by Isaiah Mayersen (“A damning Gizmodo report has revealed that numerous school districts have purchased the digital tools the FBI use, and are leveling them against students. Even without … Continue reading

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CA9: Husband hacking wife’s work emails for divorce advantage violated SCA

Husband’s interception of his wife’s work emails for advantage in their divorce case violated the Stored Communications Act as well as her right of privacy. The district court erred in granting him summary judgment. Clare v. Clare, 19-36039 (9th Cir. … Continue reading

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VICE: The DEA Abruptly Cut-Off Its App Location Data Contract

VICE: The DEA Abruptly Cut-Off Its App Location Data Contract by Joseph Cox (“The DEA cancelled its contract with Venntel, which obtains granular location data from ordinary apps and sells access to law enforcement agencies.”)

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NBC News: Police in Jackson, Mississippi, want access to live home security video, alarming privacy advocates

NBC News: Police in Jackson, Mississippi, want access to live home security video, alarming privacy advocates by Jon Schuppe & Bracey Harris (“Civil liberties advocates warn that a new surveillance tool will put people’s everyday household activities under potential scrutiny … Continue reading

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Vice: Police Are Tapping Into Ring Cameras to Expand Surveillance Network In Mississippi

Vice: Police Are Tapping Into Ring Cameras to Expand Surveillance Network In Mississippi by Edward Ongweso Jr (“The police department in Jackson, Mississippi is partnering with two companies to stream surveillance footage from Ring cameras in a 45-day pilot program.”)

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Jurist: Michigan voters approve warrant requirement for electronic data searches

Jurist: Michigan voters approve warrant requirement for electronic data searches by Daniel Klapper (“Michigan voters Tuesday approved an amendment to the state constitution that will require law enforcement to get a warrant for electronic data searches. The amendment prohibits searches … Continue reading

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NYTimes: The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

NYTimes: The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone (“At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.”)

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The Intercept: Stop-and-frisk Never Really Ended. Now It’s Gone Digital.

The Intercept: Stop-and-frisk Never Really Ended. Now It’s Gone Digital. by Alice Speri (“A federal class-action lawsuit accuses New York police of unconstitutionally detaining people in order to run their IDs.”) If the stop has to be based on reasonable … Continue reading

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