Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Apr 15, 14 Google Increases Email Security, Reportedly Attempts To “NSA-Proof Gmail’

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) In a (somewhat delayed) response to last summer’s NSA document leak, courtesy of Edward Snowden, Google has increased its email security measures (or, as CNN puts it, Google is trying to NSA-proof Gmail).  Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski announced the changes...

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The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Apr 14, 14 The Fourth Amendment Prohibits Carte Blanche Review Of Email Accounts By The Government

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Privacy

By Nicholas Kyriakopoulos (bio) Those office employees who have rolled the dice and sent emails clearly not suitable for work would be glad to know that their email accounts are protected from government intrusion by the Fourth Amendment.  United States v. Warshak, 631 F.3d 266, 282-88 (6th Cir. 2010).  The government must obtain a...

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Massachusetts Outlaws Warrantless Cell-Phone Tracking

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) The highest court in Massachusetts last month became the latest to issue an opinion in the hot-button conflict between law authority’s use of technology and the Fourth Amendment. This case began with defendant being suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend and then dumping her body in a...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Metadata? Different Courts Have Different Answers

In the week that Edward Snowden spoke via Google Hangout and seven proxies to the public at South by South West (here’s a recap), the NSA’s collection of metadata has returned to the courtrooms. Last Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued an opinion and order in response to the Justice...

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Washington Supreme Court Holds That There Is Privacy In Text Messages

Mar 05, 14 Washington Supreme Court Holds That There Is Privacy In Text Messages

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Litigation, Privacy

Last summer, we wrote about two parallel cases in Washington, where text message privacy was under the microscope. Last week, the state supreme court issued opinions in both cases. Here’s a quick reminder of the facts. First, Roden:  A police detective spent 5 to 10 minutes browsing through a cell phone officers took from...

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Eleventh Circuit Is The Latest To Weigh In On Warrantless GPS Tracking

Feb 12, 14 Eleventh Circuit Is The Latest To Weigh In On Warrantless GPS Tracking

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Litigation, Privacy

Here’s another case involving the use of GPS tracking devices, which as regular IT-Lex readers may know, is currently a very divisive issue. The three appellants were convicted by a jury “of sixteen counts of Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy, and use and carrying of firearms during the commission of a violent crime.”...

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