Dec 302016
 December 30, 2016  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.


In a really strange case, a GPS monitor to track curfew violations of a parolee was left on for 791 days. The parole officers and then other officers watched where he was going to attempt to crack a drug trafficking organization, apparently letting him think they weren’t paying attention. The original parole order was for defendant to wear it for only six months, but it went on for two years and two months and they just watched to see where he was going. The opinion strongly states that this was highly invasive of defendant’s rights, tracking him for so long, but still, the court somehow denies the motion to suppress the tracking information.


h/t, Joe Cadillic

Dec 302016
 December 30, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Misc, U.S.

Woodrow Hartzog and Danielle Citron write about what we can learn from the recent settlement with Ashley Madison by the FTC and state attorneys general.

They discuss:

  • Privacy is for everyone
  • Harm from a data breach is about much more than identity theft
  • Privacy law and policy must confront the design of technologies
  • The FTC’s cooperation with state attorneys general and the Canadian government is a good thing for privacy enforcement
  • This is the first FTC complaint involving lying bots. There will be more.

Read their discussion of these points on Ars Technica.

Dec 292016
 December 29, 2016  Posted by  Business, Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Christopher Mele reports:

In a move that promises to raise new questions about electronic privacy, detectives investigating a murder in Arkansas are seeking access to audio that may have been recorded on an Amazon Echo electronic personal assistant.

So far, the online retail giant has resisted demands by the police and prosecutors in Bentonville, Ark., for the information. Without addressing the specifics of the case, Amazon said in a statement that, as a matter of course, it “objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands.”

Read more in The New York Times.

Dec 282016
 December 28, 2016  Posted by  Surveillance

David M. Levitt reports:

In a gentrifying neighborhood of San Francisco, a couple exit their cab and head toward an apartment, rolling suitcases behind them. Unbeknownst to them, a private investigator by the name of Michael Joffe sits in his parked car just across the street, discreetly snapping pictures.

This is not a divorce case waiting to happen or an international spy caper. Nothing that salacious or mysterious. It is instead an episode that provides a window into how bitter the feud between struggling tenants and home-sharing websites like Airbnb Inc. has become. Joffe works for a tenant lawyer who in turns represents a family that was evicted from their apartment — the one that the couple was entering that day.

Read more on Bloomberg.

h/t, Joe Cadillic