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The Law and Filming Cops

by Shawn on September 20, 2012

in Criminal Justice, General

Charged with a Crime? Please call (800) 759-5813. It comes as little surprise that the laws surrounding electronic recording trail desperately behind the evolution and dispersion of recording technology. Unlike the rapid advance of innovation, the legislative process is slow, and often guided by those who neither understand nor appreciate the interaction of technology and […]

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Glimmers of hope from the GOP and Dem platforms

by Shawn on September 7, 2012

in General

As the Republicans and Democrats trot out their presidential candidates and air their platforms, those of us concerned about privacy and net freedom have some cause for optimism. If nothing else, both party’s platforms pay lip service, at least, to the promotion of privacy. The GOP platform even mentions drones, something the Democratic platform sees […]

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Know Your Rights! Arrests

by Shawn on September 6, 2012

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The issue of overcrowding in American prisons and jails is well known. Capacity in some correctional facilities has been exceeded to the point of violating prisoners’ constitutional rights, as in the case of the California prison system. Our punitive, incarceration-happy criminal justice system has achieved the main goal of the private prison industry: lock up […]

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Know Your Rights! Police Stops

by Shawn on August 31, 2012

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The issue of citizens filming police, particularly in instances of misconduct, has been increasingly before the public eye for the past two years. Cases such as CopBlock.org founder Adam ‘Ademo’ Mueller, whose trial for “wiretapping” (read: filming a cop and posting the recordings online) began this past week in New Hampshire, seem all-too-chillingly-common lately. But the […]

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Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) has proposed a bill that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish privacy safeguards for drone operators. The bill also aims to create limits on data collection by law enforcement agencies that use drones in the field. Markey, who is co-Chair of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, submitted the discussion draft of the Drone […]

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There’s no question that the Internet and ascendance of social media substantially blur the division between public and private. What’s shared online, even when “restricted” to acquaintances or a select few viewers via privacy preferences, is just a few mouse clicks away from being in the public sphere. Just ask Anthony Weiner. With so much […]

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Yesterday, Massachusetts became the latest state to enact a three-strikes law as Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed the H.3818 crime bill. (The text of the bill is available here.) Governor Patrick had returned the bill to the legislature last weekend with proposed amendments for a limited judicial safety valve. The amendments were rejected by both […]

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In a 132-23 vote, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has overwhelmingly  voted to reject Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed amendments to the omnibus crime bill (H.3818). The Senate has yet to consider the amendments. House Speaker DeLeo suggested on Monday that there was enough legislative support behind the bill as written to override a veto should the Governor […]

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