Facing the Issue: San Francisco Bans City Use of Facial Recognition Technology

On May 21, 2019, the City of San Francisco passed an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition software by police and other city agencies.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 in favor of the ban, which went … Continue reading

Posted in California, Facial Recognition Technology, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Privacy

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What Does the New Utah Electronic Data Privacy Law Do?

Utah recently became the first state to enact a law specifically designed to protect private electronic information stored with third parties from collection by law enforcement without a valid warrant.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the ground-breaking legislation on March … Continue reading

Posted in Data Protection, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Utah

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Supreme Court: Warrant Usually Required For Cell Tower Records to Track a Person’s Movements

On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the government generally needs a search warrant to track a person’s location through cell phone location records.  The opinion, in Carpenter v. United States was … Continue reading

Posted in Digital Devices, Digital evidence, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy

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On the Border: Lawmakers Seek to End Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices by Border Authorities

The controversial practice of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents randomly demanding that Americans turn over passwords to their mobile devices so they can be searched at the border and at ports of entry may be coming to an … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Digital Devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy

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