Big Brother Is Tracking You through Your Cell Phone
Newsbreak: Your Rights
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), absent a few highly unusual situations, a non-employee union representative can be denied access to an employer’s property at any time. Workplace inspections conducted by OSHA...more
In a 33-1 vote, on May 13, the state Senate approved Senator Mark Leno's bill that would require state law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before asking service providers to disclose the contents of their...more
When a person is arrested with a cell phone, law enforcement officers will likely want to search the phone’s contents. Today’s smart phones are a treasure trove of contacts, calendars, voice and text messages, e-mail,...more
October 29, 2007 started bad for Cortez Fisher.
He walked out of his house and the Baltimore police approached him (he lived in Baltimore). They asked to talk to him. He said no. He tried to drive away, but backed into...more
Did you know that the government can know your whereabouts by tracking your cell phone? Most police don’t even bother to get a search warrant. Your cell phone carrier will simply voluntarily turn over the information.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to become the first federal appellate court to answer the question left open by the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. Last year, the Court held in Jones that a...more
Last week, the ACLU created a stir when it suggested that the IRS may be reading taxpayers’ emails without obtaining a search warrant. At least at some point in time in the past, according to the IRS’ 2009 “Search Warrant...more
As reported in the Ottawa Citizen, in a recent drug trafficking case the Ontario Superior Court considered whether the police could enter, without a search warrant, the common elements of the condominium building in which the...more
Can police track your location via your cell phone without so much as obtaining a warrant? The answer, for now, is maybe.
The vast increase in the use of wireless data networks has led to new legal issues regarding network users’ right to privacy. A recent opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon indicates that, under...more
A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can result in substantial penalties where violations are found. Employers need to know their rights during an inspection, including the right...more
Someone told the police that Chunon Bailey sold drugs. Worse, he sold drugs and had a gun at his house at 103 Lake Drive in Wyandanch, New York.
That someone was a confidential informant.
The police took that tip...more
Three odd cases were decided last week in the federal circuits....more
Lawyers.com Editorial Director, Betsy Kim, gives today's Newsbreak, a round-up of legal cases and issues. This video covers warrantless taking of blood of a DUI suspect, dogs sniffing front doors for marijuana and the...more
In civil litigation, eDiscovery disputes hardly ever rise to the level of constitutional importance. But in the criminal arena, the rules are different....more
Whether the police have the right to search a car depends on the circumstances surrounding the search and whether authorities perform the search before or after arrest. In many cases, when officers ask for permission to...more
Being arrested or detained by the police is a frightening experience. Here are a few things you should know.
An arrest occurs when a law enforcement officer takes you into custody and you are not free to go. If you are...more
Your employee handbook likely addresses, in great detail, the do's and don'ts of using the internet while at the office, guidance on HIPAA, and even the company's policy on sexual harassment, but does it provide any...more
It seems that Rolando Ramos was a marijuana dealer. I say that because the police had him on a wire doing drug deals, found marijuana in his house when they executed a search warrant, and because he pled guilty to being...more
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether police should be allowed to take blood samples of suspected drunk drivers without a warrant.
The justices are looking at the case of Tyler G. McNeely, who was...more
A routine traffic stop on a Tennessee road may lead an officer to ask you some questions such as if you are carrying any weapons, are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or whether you consent to a search of your...more
There's little judicial attention paid to folks who have their stuff taken by the police executing a search warrant - and who want it back later.
Thankfully, just in time for Christmas, the Eighth Circuit breaks out with...more
The Fourth Amendment was enacted to protect private citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. According to the Fourth Amendment, no state or federal law enforcement officer can enter and search your home without a...more
Search and seizure is a law enforcement procedure where officers search a person’s property and confiscate anything that is illegal or that can be used as evidence of an illegal act. However, all people in the United States...more
A recent court decision has added support to the idea that there is no privacy on the internet.
In United States v. Meregildo, defendant Melvin Colon moved to suppress evidence seized from his Facebook account pursuant...more
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