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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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Posted 9 months ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
More States Demand Police Get Warrants to Track Cell Phones

States – both courts and legislatures – are cracking down on the cops’ use of cell phone tracking to locate and arrest suspects without warrants.    New Jersey Leads the Way The New Jersey Supreme Court on July 18 ruled that the state constitution protects an individual’s privacy interest in the location of his or her cell phone. “Police must obtain a warrant based on a showing of probable cause, or qualify for an exception to the warrant requirement, to …

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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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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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