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Cell Site Simulator Technology Violating Fourth Amendment Rights

By   /  April 18, 2016  /  Fourth Amendment, National Security Law  /  No Comments

In the age of modern technology, the balance between individuals’ privacy rights and national security have been heavily weighed. Advances in technology have enabled government agencies to obtain cellular information without appropriate judicial review and without the individual’s knowledge. Due to public outcry and complaints made by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Federal Government felt that […]

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The Slippery Slope of Creating an iPhone Backdoor

By   /  March 27, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Gregory Coutros The FBI’s request that Apple provide an electronic backdoor into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters is, on its face, a reasonable request. The government’s need to access the phone is undoubtedly important for national security so as to protect against terrorist attacks similar to the San Bernardino shooting. The […]

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Backdoors: National Security versus the Fourth Amendment

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

As citizens of the United States, we rely on our nation’s foundation of rights as defined by the Constitution. These fundamental rights are guaranteed us, and these rights are protected and enforced by our Government – but what happens when it is the Government that is testing the boundaries of one of those rights, namely, […]

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Third Party Doctrine: Supporting Government’s Desire to Collect Information

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Intelligence, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In the past decade the Senate and House of Representatives have attempted to address the ever-growing concerns surrounding cyber-attacks (i.e., independent computer-network attacks), and cyber-espionage (i.e., government funded network attacks) through a variety of legislation.[1] The majority of proposed legislation on this topic is targeted towards improving information sharing networks across both private and public […]

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The Allowable use of Cell-Site Simulators

By   /  October 6, 2015  /  Counterterrorism, Fourth Amendment, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Keith Violante In a recent statement, the Department of Justice adopted a new policy for the use of cell-site simulators, a highly controversial cell phone surveillance tool that can be used to determine the approximate location of a cell phone.[1] When a modern cell phone is turned on, it operates by sending out signals, […]

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