The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

In the period of just a week, California passed a bold new privacy law — the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.  This law was hurried through the legislative process to avoid a proposed ballot initiative with the same name.  The ballot initiative was the...

Border Control’s Search of Electronic Devices

There have been reports of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents asking people entering the U.S. to unlock their electronic device and inspect it. More often than not, a refusal to hand over the device and passcode could result in it being seized and the person...

Courts Rule Unlocking Phone Is Constitutional

In Minnesota v. Diamond, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed that an order requiring a suspect to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cellphone was constitutional. The suspect’s attorney argued that the court violated his client’s Fifth Amendment right against...
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