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Free Software Assures Electronic Privacy [Video]

  If you’re worried about the government or other third parties accessing your electronic communications, watch Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim’s video report on this free software, called Dispatch. You can find it in the Google or Apple app stores by typing in “Dispatch Reporter.” Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Assistant Professor Susan McGregor and Columbia University student researchers Mathias Lecuyer and Madeline Ross are working on further developing this software. “Dispatch is a mobile application that provides secure, encrypted, …

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Texas at Forefront of Email Privacy Laws

Texas residents can sleep a little more soundly at night knowing that state law enforcement agents aren’t trolling through their email without a warrant. Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill last month mandating that police show probable cause before snooping into a Yahoo or Hotmail account. It sounds like a no-brainer, but Texas is actually the first and only state so far to enact such a measure. The federal government lags behind in passing technology laws that actually comply with …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Government The Internet & The Law Video by Ed Alpern  
Cops on Facebook and Twitter Nail Gang Members [Video]

  New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicted 63 gang members involved in murders, shootings, assaults, firearms possessions and gun trafficking. Lawyers.com videojournalist Ed Alpern reports that police busted members in some of the city’s most violent street gangs by monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. New York City veteran criminal defense attorney, H. Hershel Katz, pointed out that the defendants were from low income projects. He described them as “kids whose life expectancies to them is …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government Video Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Newsbreak: Your Privacy Rights [Video]

  Are your privacy rights being compromised in the name of law and order? Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim provides today’s Newsbreak, a round-up of cases and laws that could impact your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing a case on whether police need a search warrant for a blood sample from a DUI suspect. Is the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure under these circumstances outweighed by the …

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Posted 1 year ago in Internet Law Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
The Police Are Watching Your Google Searches

Google released a transparency report last week showing that government snooping into your personal data is on the rise. The numbers released by the Internet giant show that law enforcement officials in the United States made 8,438 data requests over the second half of 2012, a 6 percent increase from the first six months of the year. Such requests have risen by more than 85 percent since 2010. Of the governmental requests, Google says that it complies with about 89 …

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