Posts Tagged ‘Privacy’

Today, the US Supreme Court Gave A Huge Victory to Cell-Phone Privacy.

Posted By Levi

June 25th, 2014 7:15pm

Category: Civil Liberties

Police can no longer seized your cell phone or other digital devices and search them without a warrant. Today, the United States Supreme Court, in a  9-0 ruling, handed down a rare victory for privacy. The Court said with one voice that if the cops seized your cellphone and want to search through its contents, they must first get a warrant from a judge. In other words, they can’t search it simply because they seized it. Normally, if you are arrested, the police can search you and examine all contents that they find in your possession. For example, if you are carrying a container in your pocket the police can search it for drugs without a warrant. The Obama administration wanted the Court to rule that cell phone searches are no different from other searches. However, the Court quite rightly rejected this view. When it comes to cell phones, it’s a different matter. Why? “Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may Read More

So You Think They Can’t Listen To Your Phone Calls and Read Your Text Messages – Watch This

Posted By Levi

July 15th, 2013 11:48am

Category: Civil Liberties

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Every day, without even knowing it, you share intimate personal details about your life with people you’ve never met!

Posted By Levi

April 29th, 2013 7:58pm

Category: Civil Liberties

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In the past, I have expressed concern over the gradual loss of our privacy as both the government and private businesses collect enormous amounts of information about our everyday activities. Once we were appalled at the way in which communist and authoritarian leaders monitored the movements of their citizens and boasted we would never become like them. However, over the past few years we have seen a steady erosion of some of our basic civil liberties. See here and here. A few days ago, Jeff Saginor, writing in the American Prospect, examines how private companies are collecting our personal data and making big bucks from it. “Every day, without even knowing it, you share intimate personal details about your life with people you’ve never met. The medical symptoms you search online follow you: first to the pharmacy where you pick up a prescription, then to a database of specialists looking to add you as a patient, or to an insurance company creating a risk pool. The car you’ve r Read More