‘People Carry Their Entire Lives on Cell Phones’—Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Police Searches

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 3:58 pm

The Supreme Court heard argument in two cases related to whether law enforcement must obtain a warrant to search a cell phone. In both cases, the justices seemed reluctant to impose a one-size-fits-all approach—either a prohibition on searches without a warrant or a categorical rule that would allow a search if it fit within a limited scope.

One case, Riley v. California, involves an officer who seized a “smartphone” from a person who was under arrest and began to scroll through its contents at the scene of the arrest. He was looking through text messages and the phone’s contact list. The second case, United States v. Wurie, an officer believed the person arrested had used a cell phone to arrange a drug deal. At the police station, an officer noticed that a “flip” phone was repeatedly receiving calls from a number labeled “my house.” The officer searched through the call log on the phone in order to obtain the home phone number.

 

NSA Targets Cell Phones Through Games Like Angry Birds

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 6:47 am

According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are working on ways to use weak security for smartphone games like Angry Birds to spy on people. The games contain information both about the phone being used and the user – location, gender, age – which would allow the spy agencies to track someone and run the information they suck out through their surveillance infrastructure.

Local Law Enforcement Using NSA Methods To Spy On Cellphones

By: Monday December 9, 2013 11:18 am

Local and state police are now using NSA type methods to suck up the public’s cell phone data according to USA Today. With new technologies provided either by the federal government or other vendors, local and state police are capturing information from the public without warrants or oversight.

Obama Administration Petitions Supreme Court for Warrantless Cellphone Search Powers

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 6:35 am

While in the midst of a scandal over illegal spying programs, the Obama Administration is attempting to legalize warrantless cellphone searches. The administration has written a formal petition to the Supreme Court in favor of allowing law enforcement to search a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant. The administration wants a cell phone to be considered fair game and offered no protections.

Pervasive Cell Phone Tracking Performed Even By Local Law Enforcement

By: Monday April 2, 2012 8:05 am

Eric Lichtblau, one of the reporting team who exposed President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program, takes a look at its aftermath; with telecoms receiving immunity, police departments feel no compunction against tracking people by their cell phone.

Prop 19: State of the Race

By: Friday October 22, 2010 9:35 am

Bottom line: It’s all going to come down to turnout. Will young voters buck historic midterm trends and show up for Prop 19? As Jon Walker noted, among those who have already sent in their ballots, Prop 19 is narrowly losing. But it leads among those who plan to vote and have not done so. If there was ever a measure in need of a crack turnout operation, this is it. Unfortunately, there never really was one assembled due to lack of resources.

This Is Not A Cell Phone

By: Monday August 16, 2010 3:30 pm

Remember, this is not a cell phone. And you shouldn’t be discriminated against the choice of a small, handheld device or a device which sits on your desk; the data you’re making or retrieving is moving across the same networks, from you to me and back again.

Sprint’s 50 Million Customers Have Been Geo-Tracked 8 Million Times – in the Last Year

By: Tuesday December 1, 2009 11:50 am

Sprint’s geo-tracking feature has been used 8 million times in the last year.

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