Dec 192014
 

Orin Kerr writes: Regular readers will recall the mosaic theory of the Fourth Amendmentintroduced by the DC Circuit in United States v. Maynard, by which law enforcement steps that aren’t searches in isolation can become searches when aggregated over time. For the most part, judges have been pretty skeptical of the mosaic theory. For example, in the […]

Dec 192014
 

From EPIC.org: Beginning in 2015, many federal facilities will require a “Real ID” for entry where identification is required. Several states have opted out of the Real ID Act, a federal mandate to modify the design of state drivers licenses, raising questions about the ability of people in those states to access federal buildings and board commercial aircraft. EPIC, supported […]

Dec 182014
 

Cyrus Farivar reports: A legal advocacy group has sued the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and the City of San Diego in an attempt to force the release of public records relating to stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators. […] The First Amendment Coalition, based in San Rafael, just north of San Francisco, filed a state public records […]

Dec 172014
 

JPatBrown writes: Last year, in response to a FOIA request from the ACLU regarding the Obama Administration’s policy regarding intercepting cell phone text messages, the Justice Department released 15 pages of documents – all of which had been completely redacted by b(7) and b(5) exemptions. In response, MuckRock’s Michael Morisy requested the processing files for the case, which just […]

Dec 132014
 

From IC on the Record: The Department of Justice Releases Additional Documents Concerning Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001 December 12, 2014 Today the Department of Justice, in coordination with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other elements of the Intelligence Community, […]

Dec 132014
 

Nuala O’Connor, President of CDT, calls out the White House for not responding to public petitions to reform ECPA:  One year after the White House petition to reform ECPA received support from over 112,500 concerned Americans, well above the 100,000 signature threshold required for a response, the White House has yet to issue a reply. […]