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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Statute as Overly Broad

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued two opinions that together invalidated Illinois’ eavesdropping statute, 720 ILCS 5/14-2. The statute, which is part of the Illinois Criminal Code, prohibits a person from “knowingly...more

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate...more

Supreme Court Decision — Warrantless Searches Okay If One Occupant Of Shared Residence Consents

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. With some exceptions, law enforcement must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before conducting a search of private property or...more

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down State Eavesdropping Statute

The Illinois Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional a state law criminalizing the recording of conversations without the consent of all parties. However, significant risks remain for companies and individuals in...more

Twitter, Evidence, Privacy and Social Media

A recent case, albeit one dealing with a governmental subpoena, shows that the SCA may not be the panacea that social networking sites think it is. In People v. Harris, Twitter sought to quash a subpoena it had received to...more

Impact On Employers And Schools Of Illinois Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Eavesdropping Law

Employers, schools, and other entities have long relied on the Illinois Eavesdropping Act to prohibit individuals from recording conversations, meetings, classes, and other activities without the consent of all participants....more

Court strikes down Illinois eavesdropping act, opens debate on privacy in the digital age

In two landmark rulings that may prompt further examination of how our laws identify and protect privacy interests, the Illinois Supreme Court has found unconstitutional Illinois’ long-standing electronic eavesdropping act....more

Your Expectation of Privacy in Your Cell Phone is Currently Governed by the Law of the State in Which You are Arrested

Last year the Washington State Supreme Court considered two cases addressing the expectation of privacy one has when sending a text message. On February 27, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in two parallel 5-4...more

U.S. Patriot Act — Protection Against Attack Or Invasion Of Privacy?

In the aftermath of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, Congress passed the Patriot Act. At the time, the Patriot Act was publicized as a necessary means of protecting a vulnerable nation. The fact that the law allowed the...more

Search And Seizure In Schools

When the police a search a suspect who’s in custody, the law is fairly well established. But what happens if a student is searched on school grounds? The U.S. Supreme Court and the Ohio courts have wrestled with that question...more

Warrant Required To Place GPS Tracking Device On Car

GPS technology can help you find your way home, but can police use it to track your car without a warrant? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court addressed earlier this year in United States v. Jones....more

Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended. ...more

Ordinance Authorizing Warrantless Inspections of Hotel Records is Unconstitutional

Motel owners challenged a Los Angeles Municipal Code provision requiring hotel guest records to be made available to any Los Angeles Police Department officer for inspection. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Police Need Search Warrant to Examine Hotel/Motel Registers

Municipal Code Section Allowing Warrantless Inspection of Hotel Guest Records Constitutes Search - Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently held that a police officer’s non-consensual warrantless inspection of hotel guest...more

Italy’s High Court Upholds Acquittal Of Google Executives In Video Privacy Case

On December 17, Italy’s highest court, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, issued a landmark ruling upholding the acquittal of three Google senior executives by the Milan Court of Appeals. Initially, an Italian trial...more

Justice Department: What About Those Wiretaps?

In July, the Justice Department acknowledged that terrorist suspects must be notified if government surveillance programs produced evidence being used against them. The statement relates to Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi,...more

New York’s Shield Law Follows New York Reporters Wherever They May Roam

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals resoundingly reaffirmed the important public policy underlying the New York statutory scheme that allows New York journalists to preserve the anonymity of their confidential...more

The D.C. Circuit Holds That A Judge In D.C. Cannot Authorize A Bug In Maryland

The United States government thought that Lonnell Glover was a drug dealer. They tapped his phone, but he spoke in code so they couldn't get any evidence on him that way....more

Supreme Court Requires Warrant to Search Computer Content

Background - In R. v. Vu, the property owner was criminally charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and theft of electricity. The police had obtained a warrant...more

Magistrate’s Issuance of Warrant Demonstrates that Officers’ Actions are “Objectively Reasonable” and Thus Entitled to Qualified...

A man brought a lawsuit against police officers alleging violations of his Fourth Amendment rights. The officers conducted searches of his car, home, and workplace in connection with allegations that he disseminated indecent...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Qualified Immunity: Warrantless Entry in Hot Pursuit of Misdemeanant Not "Plainly Incompetent"

Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court recently reversed a Ninth Circuit decision denying qualified immunity to a California police officer in hot pursuit of a suspected misdemeanant. The suspect had entered an enclosed front yard...more

Supreme Court Of Canada To Police: Get A Warrant To Search Computers And Mobile Phones

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous decision in R. v. Vu recognizing important privacy interests in information stored in a computer or mobile phone. The court held that specific, prior judicial...more

Smartphone Searches, Not Too Smart

On the docket for the U.S. Supreme Court 2013 to 2014 session is a case about warrantless searches of smartphones. The decision could affect hundreds of suspects who were tried and convicted based on cellphone evidence...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Private Search: Search of Computer Images Previously Viewed by Repair Technician Lawful

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld evidence of child pornography obtained from two searches of a defendant’s computer and home office. In the first search, a CompUSA service technician called police...more

Privacy Monday: October 7, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Supreme Court is in for the 2013-2014 session. There are a couple of privacy cases on the agenda. U.S. v. Wurie and Riley v. California - At issue: Separate appeals over...more

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