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May 16, 2018  7:53 AM

Another Court Rules Against Warrantless Cellphone Border Searches

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

Yet another court has ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have to have some sort of probable cause to search people’s electronics. The Fourth Circuit has now agreed. The Department of Homeland Security has said in the past that it is entitled to broad powers of search within 100...

April 30, 2018  9:24 AM

Everyone Who Doesn’t Have 16 Cell Phones, Poke Out Your Right Eye

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
BlackBerry, Cell phones, government, privacy, Security

A couple of weeks ago, there was some discussion about the material seized from the office of Michael Cohen, the attorney for the Trump organization,...


April 23, 2018  12:16 AM

Attorneys Speculate on E-Discovery Implications of Cohen Files

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, government

There’s one group of people that is really, really excited about the seizure of the potentially millions of legal documents associated with President Donald Trump: E-discovery people. “Discovery nerds — and political junkies — are having a field day with the materials seized by the...


February 11, 2018  5:55 PM

Too Much Bodycam Footage? Just Delete It

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, a number of police departments, upon implementing body cameras, have found that the cameras themselves are only the half of it. The real problem is storing all the data the cameras collect. Some jurisdictions have found a solution to this problem: Just delete all that pesky...


January 10, 2018  12:33 AM

U.S. Tightens Laptop Border Search Restrictions

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, laptop, privacy, Security

Taking a laptop across the border? There’s good news and bad news. As you may recall, since 2009 there has been an ongoing struggle with how much right the U.S. government has to search laptops that people are carrying into the U.S., without a warrant, or even any particular reason other than...


December 31, 2017  11:29 PM

Rhode Island Email From 2003 Might be Missing

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Email, government, Retention

You could call it Schrodinger’s Email System: Email messages aren’t lost; there just isn’t any way to gain access to them. That’s the situation the state of Rhode Island has been facing since 2015, which came to light earlier this month due to a public records request. Before then, state...


December 20, 2017  10:59 PM

Text-Destroying App ‘Confide’ Used in Missouri by Politicians

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, secrecy, TEXT

As you may recall, in 2014 I wrote about an app called Confide, billed as “Snapchat for business.”  Intended to send messages secretly, it didn’t allow...


December 13, 2017  3:50 PM

E-Discovery and the Alabama Recount

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
ediscovery, Electronic discovery, government

If nothing else, Tuesday’s special election for Senator in Alabama is a fascinating case of electronic discovery. The day before the election, “Montgomery County Circuit Judge Roman Ashley Shaul granted a preliminary injunction directing counties to set voting machines ‘


November 30, 2017  9:24 PM

Supremes Hear Arguments on ‘Carpenter’ Cellphone Location Data Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security, smartphone

The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in the case of Carpenter vs. the United States, which could help determine what sort of data the government could get about you without a warrant. As you may recall, in 2010 and 2011, two guys in Detroit were accused of robbing electronics...


October 27, 2017  9:06 PM

Eek! NYPD Doesn’t Do Backups!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government

It’s not often that backups get mentioned in court cases – let alone that people get chided for not doing their backups – but that happened recently in a New York courtroom. Sadly, it seems like the issue is more one of people not knowing technical terminology, though that’s scary enough in...


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