Nothing to Hide

When faced with government demands for privacy related information, many citizens exclaim, “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.” That’s why people aren’t generally up in arms about things like automated license plate readers, facial recognition, or even surveillance drones for law enforcement. “If you have nothing to hide you…

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Paying for Privacy

What would YOU do for a Klondike bar? Would you be willing to tell Unilever (the parent company that makes Klondike) your sexual orientation, political preferences, the fact that you are having an affair with your next door neighbor, and provide your financial records, healthcare records, viewing habits, and other personal information?  I mean, it’s…

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Borderline Legal

We all know the feeling of going through customs, and having some random blue gloved official rummaging through a few weeks of dirty laundry. The U.S. government has long tried to apply their legal authority to search luggage at the border to search things like the contents of laptop computers, hard drives, iPhones, iPads, or…

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No Ordinary Container

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases involving police authority to search the contents of cell phones without a warrant after they have arrested the person possessing the phone. To the police, the answer is simple.  After a person is arrested, the police have the authority to frisk them,…

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NBA Blues

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is in a lot of hot water over remarks he made to his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano  (aka  María Vanessa Perez, aka Monica Gallegos, aka Maria Monica Perez Gallegos, aka Maria Valdez), which Stiviano apparently recorded and intends to use as leverage in connection with a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by…

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Through Any Means Necessary

On April 29, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument on a case involving the right of the police to search the contents of a cell phone which is in the “grabbable reach” of a person they have arrested. The government makes several arguments in support of its assertion that it may copy, search…

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