May 042018
 May 4, 2018  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Ben Hancock reports:

Editor’s Note: After deadline, the hearing in this case was moved from Thursday, May 3 to August 16. The story has been updated to reflect the change.

The highly publicized debate over whether a federal court could compel Apple to break the security features of the iPhone at the behest of the FBI was a rare moment in history. Most of the time, the public never has a clue when authorities come knocking to ask a company for help in accessing the digital communications of a criminal suspect.

But in August, we may learn more about whether the curtain of secrecy around past electronic surveillance in criminal investigations will be pulled back.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the Northern District of California will hear from local prosecutors and two legal activists, Jennifer Granick of the American Civil Liberties Union and Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, over whether she should set up a process to determine which cases are still validly sealed and those that can be opened.

Read more on National Law Journal (free sub. required).

h/t, Joe Cadillic, who added a note to this submission that he already knows what the documents will look like:

(Like me, Joe is such an optimist! 🙂

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