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CA8: Breaking a cell phone to avoid its search and seizure justified obstruction enhancement under USSG § 3C1.1

Defendant attempting to thwart a search of cell phones in his car tried to break one such that it had to be forensically reviewed to get information off of it. He wasn’t under arrest. Still, his actions qualified for a … Continue reading

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E.D.La.: SW for def’s surveillance video had no PC for weapons search; suppressed

Police got a search warrant for the DVR and storage for defendant’s surveillance camera that likely could have caught a homicide across the street. The warrant included weapons and ammunition when there was no justification for it. The warrant lacked … Continue reading

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CNN: Amazon’s Ring to shutter video-sharing program popular with police

CNN: Amazon’s Ring to shutter video-sharing program popular with police by Brian Fung [“shutter” isn’t quite correct, is it?:] (“ Amazon’s Ring will no longer let police and other government agencies request doorbell camera footage from within the company’s Neighbors … Continue reading

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MA: Officer recording drug deal on cell phone governed by state wiretap law

An officer’s surreptitious recording of a drug deal with a cell phone is an interception of a communication under the state wiretapping law. Commonwealth v. Du, 2023 Mass. App. LEXIS 143 (Oct. 6, 2023). The publicly available address (SoS, website, … Continue reading

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S.D.Ind. Warrant for video surveillance required under Title III

A warrant for CCTV surveillance of the defendant came under the wiretap statute, Title III, and necessity and probable cause was shown. United States v. Jones, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178457 (S.D. Ind. Oct. 4, 2023). The totality of information … Continue reading

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Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals

Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals by Sejal Dharma (“A drug trafficker was arrested last year after an AI camera watched it move across states for two years.”)

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WIRED: Why We Don’t Recommend Ring Cameras

WIRED: Why We Don’t Recommend Ring Cameras by Adrienne So (“They’re affordable and ubiquitous, but homeowners shouldn’t be able to act as vigilantes.”):

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WaPo: The dos and don’ts of using home security cameras that see everything

WaPo: The dos and don’ts of using home security cameras that see everything by Heather Kelly (“Those same cameras can also put the people who own them at risk. They’re vulnerable to hacks, can collect personal data, and their sensitive … Continue reading

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ADG: Little Rock police moving into second phase of real-time crime center integrating citizen video feeds

Ark. Dem.-Gaz.: Little Rock police moving into second phase of real-time crime center by Grant Lancaster (new LRPD HQ “Crime Center will use cameras of residents” feeding into central video database). Networking video surveillance and doorbell cams. If we are … Continue reading

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Wired: Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong

Wired; Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong (“Alonzo Sawyer’s misidentification by algorithm made him a suspect for a crime police now say was committed by someone else—feeding debate over regulation.”)

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NYT: Can My Neighbor Point a Video Doorbell at My Apartment Door?

NYT: Can My Neighbor Point a Video Doorbell at My Apartment Door? by Ronda Kayse (“Ubiquitous in many suburban neighborhoods, the devices have been slow to catch on in city apartments, but that is changing as New Yorkers warm to … Continue reading

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CA6: SW for home DVR failed to allege criminal evidence would be found and violates 4A

There was a fire in a shed that was likely caught by defendant’s home surveillance camera. He declined to turn it over to investigators investigating the cause of the fire. They don’t even know that the fire was arson. The … Continue reading

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Intelligencer: Amazon’s New Car Cam Takes Personal Surveillance on the Road

Intelligencer: Amazon’s New Car Cam Takes Personal Surveillance on the Road by John Hermann (“Amazon on Thursday opened preorders for a long-awaited addition to its vast catalogue of Ring personal surveillance devices: the Car Cam. Starting at $200, the car … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: No REP in video surveillance in an apartment building hallway that covered def’s door

“Defendants may have held a subjective expectation that activity in and around the doorway of the apartment would remain private but such an expectation was not objectively reasonable because their activity took place in a common area exposed to the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Lawsuit alleges D.C. Housing’s cameras could ‘capture intimate details’

[I don’t normally bother to mention lawsuits until resolved, but SCOTUS is considering a pole camera case for conference in the next month or so.] WaPo: Lawsuit alleges D.C. Housing’s cameras could ‘capture intimate details’ by Justin Wm. Moyer:

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WaPo: They got a Ring doorbell alert, then opened fire on a bystander, police say

WaPo: They got a Ring doorbell alert, then opened fire on a bystander, police say by Justine McDaniel (“The incident may provide an extreme example of the type of neighborhood vigilantism sometimes cited by critics of doorbell cameras, the benefits … Continue reading

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The Guardian: Surveillance shift: San Francisco pilots program allowing police to live monitor private security cameras

The Guardian: Surveillance shift: San Francisco pilots program allowing police to live monitor private security cameras (“The trial would give law enforcement access to live footage by consenting residents, a departure from the city’s previous stance.”)

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IN: After federal court suppressed search, feds hand case off to state; no preclusive effect from federal suppression

Under dual sovereignty, the federal court’s suppression of evidence in defendant’s federal criminal case had no preclusive effect on a following state court prosecution. The identity of the parties was different. On the merits, the state court concludes there was … Continue reading

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Wired: The ‘Surveillance Solutionism’ of Putting Cameras in NYC Subways

The ‘Surveillance Solutionism’ of Putting Cameras in NYC Subways (“When ‘if you see something, say something’ becomes ‘we see everything,’ everyone loses.”) WMATA in DC has cameras everywhere. Presumably all the others do. All major subway systems in the world … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: University exam proctor’s requirement of room scan before video test violates REP under 4A

The proctor of this university examination on video required a room scan to prove the student was alone. The room scan violated plaintiff’s reasonable expectation of privacy. CSU’s reliance on Wyman v. James is rejected. That case is 51 years … Continue reading

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