The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that police need to acquire a probable cause search warrant before putting a GPS trackers on a suspect’s vehicle, according to Wired.com. In United States v. Jones, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the installation of a GPS device on a vehicle constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, but declined to rule on whether the search was reasonable or required a warrant. Read the full article here.
Louisville is one of five cities to formalize a plan to make the city’s public record data open to the public through the internet. The executive order makes data “open by default” as a proactive measure to make the data available as soon as possible instead of waiting for specific requests. To read more visit this Govtech.com article.
According to NBC News, Snapchat officials announced that they can and will share user photographs with law enforcement if (1) those photographs have not yet been opened by the recipient and (2) police have a corresponding warrant. This violates the myth that Snapchat images are fleeting and private. Though the company has turned over some “snaps,” they have only turned over roughly a dozen in total (users send around 350 million snaps on an average day).Read the whole story here.
This article in the Court Technology Bulletin discusses how E-filing should be implemented to make Court Case Management Systems run smoothly. It is important for E-filing to facilitate data entry and allow documents to have some sort of “smart” capability. Read more here.
Thirteen members of the hacker activist group known as “Anonymous” were indicted this month. According to Phys Org, the hackers’ targets included companies like Bank of America, Visa, and Mastercard. Read the full story here.
Professor Edward Felton of Princeton University recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the broad scope of personal information that can be revealed by apparently small amounts of data collected by the National Security Agency. Felten said that “merely by combining their analysis of phone records with call times and durations, investigators can learn about people’s work, social habits, religion and political affiliations.” Read this article at Phys Org to learn more.