Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment


Posted 11 months ago in The Internet & The Law Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Google Says Your Emails Aren’t Private

People who use non-Gmail accounts to email with a Google user have no expectation of privacy when it comes to the content of their messages, the tech behemoth argued in a recent court filing. The company was responding to a class action suit that accused it of violating wiretap laws by using the contents of emails to send targeted ads to people. Google filed a motion to dismiss the suit, asserting that content that passes through a third party loses …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Aug. 12 that the New York Police Department’s controversial policy of stopping and frisking people in high-crime areas is unconstitutional. But the judge did not say the practice must stop.   Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Violations Judge Shira A. Scheindlin held that the NYPD’s practice violated both the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments because its searches and seizures were conducted without probable cause and were targeted at minorities, respectively. The case was argued in May and …

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Your Legal Rights with Airport Security [Video]

  As it’s still vacation season, many of us are headed to the airport for summer getaways. But you shouldn’t have to check your rights when you check your baggage. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine provides a video report informing you of your rights, while flying. Every day, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens 1.8 million passengers. When you want to board an airplane, you give your legal consent to be searched. Larry explains you have to remove your shoes to …

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Do You Feel Threatened by Governmental Spying? [Video]

(AP Photo/The Guardian)   Do you feel Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor? Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim takes that question to the streets in this video report. People join Lawyers.com in the national conversation about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, and the appropriate balance between security and privacy. In addition to the lawsuits reported by Lawyers.com, this report shows people expressing a broad spectrum of diverse opinions. “I think that I have become more cautious, more …

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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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