Category Archives: Digital privacy

NYT: If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

NYT: If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser by Brian X. Chen (“A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.”) … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Law: Surveillance Camera Hack Raises Legal Risk of Digital Device Use

Bloomberg Law: Surveillance Camera Hack Raises Legal Risk of Digital Device Use by Andrea Vittorio & Jake Holland (“A recent hack into a massive collection of security camera data from Verkada Inc. shows the cyber and privacy-related vulnerabilities of digital … Continue reading

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WaPo: ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations

WaPo: ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations by Drew Harwell (“Government agencies increasingly are accessing private information they are not authorized to compile on their own.”)

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M.D.Fla.: Police dog attack on wrong person not promptly called off was excessive

The officer had reasonable suspicion to frisk three men before they fled him. Releasing a police dog was not unreasonable. The dog’s attack of a 40ish woman, however, was not seen to be reasonable, and the dog was not promptly … Continue reading

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Vox: Recode: App trackers secretly sell your location data to the government. App stores won’t stop them.

Vox: Recode: App trackers secretly sell your location data to the government. App stores won’t stop them. By Sara Morrison (“Google can’t stop trackers in its apps from selling location data to the government. Maybe the government can.”)

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Techdirt: Treasury Oversight Says IRS Should Consider Getting Warrants Before Buying Location Data From Data Brokers

Techdirt: Treasury Oversight Says IRS Should Consider Getting Warrants Before Buying Location Data From Data Brokers by Tim Cushing (“Last October, Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren asked the IRS’s oversight to take a look at the agency’s use of … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy Research Institute: The Intelligence Community and Open-Source Information in the Digital Age

Foreign Policy Research Institute: The Intelligence Community and Open-Source Information in the Digital Age by George W. Croner:

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NYT: Opinion: They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

NYT: Opinion: They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. By Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson (“Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.”)

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Nothing online is completely private: Parler data dump of “ethically hacked posts”

NYTimes: How Parler Reveals the Alarming Trajectory of Political Violence by Candace Rondeaux and Heather Hurlburt:

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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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