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California SB 178 Seeks to Apply Warrant Requirement to Electronic Devices and Online Data - The California Senate is currently reviewing the proposed California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (SB 178), which...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

Oral Argument Scheduled in Microsoft Foreign Data Demand Appeal

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral argument for September 9, 2015 on Microsoft’s appeal of a district court opinion upholding the validity of the U.S. government’s search warrant for customer data stored...more

Seizure of memory cards from digital cameras allowed under plain view doctrine

Courts today are faced with applying traditional Fourth Amendment search and seizure doctrines to twenty-first century digital technology. In one such case, the Massachusetts Appellate Court upheld a lower court’s holding in...more

DANGER – “General” Search Warrants in the Digital Age

If you knew that there was a chance—maybe even a good chance—that a law enforcement officer could gain access to every single text, email, photograph and voice mail on your smartphone, going back years, because you were...more

Think your Cellphone Usage is Private? Think Again

In a closely-watched case out of Miami, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals redefined the zone of privacy for cell phone users. As the Tech World was focused on Miami for the second annual eMerge conference, the court...more

Arrest Warrant Service is Not "Protected Activity" Under California's Anti-SLAPP Statute

Government Employees and Officials Should Heed Limits of the Statute’s Protections - The anti-SLAPP process can be successfully deployed by government entities, officials and employees in fending off lawsuits brought...more

Riley and the Third-party Doctrine

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one groundbreaking opinion in two cases regarding cellphone searches incident to arrest. In a unanimous opinion, the court held that under the Fourth Amendment, police must...more

Microsoft versus the Federal Government; Round Three

Microsoft Corporation’s (Microsoft U.S.) reply brief is due this week in its appeal of The District Court for the Southern District of New York’s order to comply with the U.S. government’s warrant requiring the turnover of a...more

California Tries (Once Again) to Protect Digital Information

This month, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the California Senate that would require law enforcement to get a search warrant before accessing a person’s digital information. The proposed California Electronic...more

California May Limit Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Data Collection

Eager to retain its spot among the principal laboratories for domestic privacy legislation, California’s legislature is set to debate Senate Bill 178, legislation restricting state law enforcement agencies from requesting...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

New York Court Uses 1789 All Writs Act To Force Cellphone Company To Assist Law Enforcement Gain Access To Locked Cellphone

A New York federal magistrate court has ordered an unnamed cellphone manufacturer to attempt to unlock a password-protected cellphone so that a search warrant may be executed. In early October, the court authorized law...more

Remote Search Warrants and the Continued Threat to Privacy Rights

What were you doing Wednesday, November 5, 2014? If you are a staunch Republican, you might have been toasting the election results from the day before, dreamy-eyed and dancing. If you are a staunch Democrat, you might have...more

Status Updates - October 2014

..Where are the CEOs? According to a new study, fully two-thirds of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 have no personal social media presence at all. And of the ones who do participate in social media, two-thirds use only one of the...more

Committee CLE Program Offers Unique Perspective "From the Inside Out"

At the April 2014 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, the Appellate Practice Committee presented a novel program on oral advocacy. The program presented a mock argument based on a real U.S. Supreme Court case from...more

Can the Police Look at My Cell Phone Without a Warrant? #CriminalDefenseAttorney

For the past century, the United States Supreme Court has given the police the right to search (without a warrant) a person who has been legally arrested. See Weeks v. United States, 232 U.S. 383, 392 (1914). Unfortunately,...more

Appellate Court Rules that Recent Decisions Requiring Search Warrant for Forced Blood Draw or to Search Cell Phones Do Not Apply...

Courts hold that officers may rely on law in effect at the time they conduct a search - Overview: The California Court of Appeal recently held, in two separate rulings, that the recent holdings requiring law...more

Foreign Data Center Subject to Reach of U.S. Government

Following the July 31, 2014 decision of a New York federal judge in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 1:13-mj-02814 (SDNY), U.S. companies should be aware that data...more

Court protects privacy in ruling on warrantless searches of cellphones

Every now and then The Nine agree on something. Among the unanimous rulings the U.S. Supreme Court issued in the final stretch this year was Riley v. California, which held that law enforcement officials may not make a...more

Microsoft Ordered to Hand Over Data to the U.S. Government

In April, Microsoft tried to quash a search warrant from law enforcement agents in the United States (U.S.) that asked the technology company to produce the contents of one of its customer’s emails stored on a server located...more

Fourth Amendment Precludes Inspection Of Private Property Even In Assessment Review Litigation

Recently there has been increasing debate regarding if and when assessing jurisdictions, or its agents, can invade the privacy of New York residents. Even New York’s governor has been impacted by this issue. Last week, the...more

Status Updates - August 2014

Long arm of the law. A federal judge in Manhattan has upheld a magistrate judge’s ruling that Microsoft must turn over customer emails that are held in a Microsoft data center in Ireland. The key issue is whether...more

Second Circuit Finds Fourth Amendment Violation in Law Enforcement Retention of Computer Files Not Within Scope of Search Warrant

On June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Ganias. The decision is premised on the well-established notion that, because of...more

Courts Defer to Individual Privacy Interests by Requiring Warrant To Obtain Cell Phone Data and Cell Site Records in Riley and...

Two recent opinions have significantly restricted the practice of warrantless collection of data stored on cell phones or by cell phone service providers. In Riley v. California the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a warrant...more

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