Category Archives: Third Party Doctrine

The Hill: Lawmakers should accept reality that digital communication can never be ‘too secure’

The Hill: Lawmakers should accept reality that digital communication can never be ‘too secure’ by Chris Howell:

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SCOTUS rejects warrantless cellphone location tracking in Carpenter v. United States

SCOTUS rejects warrantless cellphone location tracking in Carpenter v. United States, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 3844 (U.S. June 22, 2018) (5-4). Gorsuch “dissents,” but it reads like a concurrence, which parallels his questions at oral argument, and he agrees with Justice … Continue reading

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New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy? by Louis Menand (magazine title: “Nowhere to Hide”): Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really … Continue reading

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The New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

The New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy? by Louis Menand: Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really at stake. Long thoughtful … Continue reading

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Baylor Med School: [Medical] Ethicists examine law enforcement’s use of genetic databases

Baylor Med School: Ethicists examine law enforcement’s use of genetic databases by Allison Mickey:

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The Atlantic: The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy

The Atlantic: The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy by Sarah Zhang: The same DNA analysis used to find the alleged Golden State Killer has led to the arrest of a second alleged murderer. It’ll likely lead to more.

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NYTimes: Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

NYTimes: Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders by Heather Murphy:

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Business Insider: How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry

Business Insider: How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry by Erin Brodwin:

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NYTimes: The Cold Case That Inspired the ‘Golden State Killer’ Detective to Try Genealogy

NYTimes: The Cold Case That Inspired the ‘Golden State Killer’ Detective to Try Genealogy by Tim Arango: Before investigators in California say they solved a decades-old case of rape and murder using a genealogy website, the only other known case … Continue reading

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VA: LP reader information is “personal information” under state law

Under Virginia law, “[t]he pictures and associated data stored in the Police Department’s A[utomated] L[icense] P[late] R[reader] database meet the statutory definition of ‘personal information.’” The court can’t tell on this record whether it constitutes an “information system.” Neal v. … Continue reading

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AP: Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man

AP: Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man by Michael Balsamo and Jonathan J. Cooper with Frank Stoltze:

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AL: There is no REP in a LPN on a vehicle

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a license plate, and the Fourth Amendment doesn’t prohibit running the tags for any reason. State v. Abrams, 2018 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 24 (Apr. 27, 2018). The government obtained internet routing … Continue reading

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