Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment


Posted 10 months ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
No Right to Privacy When it Comes to Stolen Property

Word to the wise: In the field of Fourth Amendment protections, individuals have no expectation of privacy when it comes to stolen property. A cell phone thief in San Francisco saw his defense strategy shot down by an appeals court when he tried to argue that police violated his rights by remotely tracking down the phone and arresting him. Lorenzo Barnes robbed a couple at gunpoint near the marina at Fort Mason in 2009 and ran away, according to a …

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Is Edward Snowden a Traitor or Hero? [Poll]

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, provided information of the U.S. government’s spying program to The Washington Post and The Guardian. But this weekend, to show their support hundreds of people took to the streets in Hong Kong, where he is hiding, according to CBS News. As of June 16, more than 80,000 people signed a petition on the website “We the People,” asking President Obama to pardon Snowden, calling him a national hero for revealing excesses of …

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Posted 10 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Massive Government Spying Program Prompts Lawsuits

Following last week’s disclosure of the massive spying program that the United States government has imposed on its citizens, the lawsuits are rolling in. Attorney Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch, and other plaintiffs filed a federal suit in Washington, D.C., Sunday alleging that the program’s “violations of free speech, prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure, and due process rights are unprecedented in American history.” Tuesday, the ACLU lodged a similar complaint in New York, claiming “This surveillance . . …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Cops Will Need a Warrant To Track Your Cell Phone in Maine

The Maine legislature is close to passing a bill which would require police to get a warrant before acquiring cell phone location tracking data in most situations. Although in some jurisdictions police already seek out a warrant before requesting location data, Maine would be the first state to require a warrant by law. Texas legislators are also considering a similar bill. The measure passed the Maine state House by an overwhelming majority of 113 to 28. The bill will now …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government by Betsy Kim  
How SmartPhones Invade Your Privacy [Infographic]

Smartphones now collect more information than ever — on users’ locations, contacts, text messages, friends, videogames and websites visited. The Lookout Mobile Security Infographic below indicates 97% of smartphone users agree that privacy on a mobile phone is a top concern. People want to know the types of information collected and to have the ability to control what is shared. This Lawyers.com video explains how certain information from your cell phone is not safe from the government. Check in with …

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