Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment


Posted 9 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Wiretapping Pits Privacy Against Security [Infographic]

Where do you draw the line in balancing security with privacy? The www.whocalledmyphone.com infographic traces significant legal developments, which document the tension between security and privacy in U.S. history. The graph begins with the creation of the 4th Amendment and chronologically follows subsequent legal events, including creation of the PRISM program and the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Review the infographic below. Let us know where you stand on governmental invasion of privacy and its justification of needing to protect people.

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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 10 months ago in The Internet & The Law Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
New App Blocks Government Spying on Your Calls and Texts

A new cell phone app and a security chip allow ordinary citizens to protect their phone calls and texts against violations of Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure rights from government spying. The federal government is collecting data on every phone call we make, is photographing each piece of mail and is tracking the GPS of cell phones — all without getting a search warrant as required in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. There is little or nothing to stop the federal …

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State Can Secretly Track Employees Using GPS

The New York Court of Appeals on June 27 held that while the state’s round-the-clock surveillance of an employee, via a GPS device attached to his car, was unreasonable, using GPS to track employees during business hours is perfectly legit. Ironically, the employee, Michael Cunningham, was a director at the state Department of Labor.   Fun on the Side Cunningham had been working at the DOL for 28 years, according to the opinion, when his employer became suspicious that he …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
How To Avoid Government Spying

They’re watching. Revelations in recent weeks of the extensive programs that the United States government is using to spy on its citizens have made it clear that we live in a surveillance state, and it’s here to stay. We’ve learned that the National Security Administration collects data on nearly every phone call made in America. We’ve learned they have the capacity to compile every bit of online activity we engage in. Feeling paranoid yet? Much of the spying was actually …

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