Tag Archives: smartphone


Posted 1 year 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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Posted 1 year ago in Crime by Aaron Kase  
Cops Sued for Searching Cell Phones Without a Warrant

A lawsuit headed by the ACLU of Northern California is challenging the right of police to confiscate the cell phones of people they arrest and search through them without first obtaining a warrant. The case began when activist Bob Offer-Westort was arrested while protesting an anti-camping law in San Francisco. While he was handcuffed, the arresting officer scrolled through his phone and read his text messages aloud, over Offer-Westort’s objections. That was a violation of his privacy rights and his …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Larry Bodine  
Are You Being Tracked Right Now by the Government?

  To read a companion article on Huffington Post, see The Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Location Privacy Did you know the government can be tracking you as you listen to this podcast? In today’s Lawyers.com Radio broadcast, host Matt Plessner interviews Editor in Chief Larry Bodine about an alarming trend going through the courts right now, where the police are making requests to cell phone companies to tell them the location of their customers. “They’re not asking to listen …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Larry Bodine  
Opinion: Big Brother is Definitely Tracking Your Cell Phone

In a frightening new decision, a federal appeals court says that you have no expectation of privacy when the police want to track your location using your cell phone. U.S. v. Skinner, Case No. 09-6497. The court said that the police don’t need to bother getting a warrant if they want to track you by using the GPS signal in your cell phone to track you. This means that sheriffs can freely track Latinos who could be undocumented, the police …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
Court OKs Recording Cops in Illinois

Despite claims by Illinois police that an anti-eavesdropping law makes it illegal to record them in public, residents of the state can, in fact, make video and audio recordings of the cops, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled. The ruling came at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, which had plans to record Chicago-area police, and which sought a court ruling that doing so would be OK despite an Illinois law that prohibits taping a …

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