26Jun 2014 11:58am

Supreme Court Rules Warrants Required for Cell Phone Search

By |June 26th, 2014|News, Videos|0 Comments

Landmark Ruling Requires Police to Obtain Warrants Before Searching Mobile Phone Data

Video courtesy Bloomberg News

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) ruled in favor of privacy interests on a hotly debated and controversial subject regarding warrantless searches. The issue: is a warrant required for law enforcement officials to search a cellular phone taken from a person incident to arrest?

The answer, as relayed by Chief Justice Roberts in the court’s Wednesday opinion, is a confident yes. Roberts & Co. unanimously delivered a well-deserved gift to privacy advocates by holding that the police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. […]

30May 2014 2:08pm

How Does Google Respond to Criminal Investigation Search Warrants

By |May 30th, 2014|Videos|0 Comments

Back in March of this year, Google released an easy-to-understand (and entertaining) video regarding the complicated privacy considerations the company faces when responding to U.S. search warrants that it receives from state and federal investigators. We felt that our audience would be served well by our sharing of that video here on our NJ Cybercrime Lawyers blog, embedded above.

Google, and the Battle Between Data Privacy vs. Government Search Warrants

Google regularly updates its “Transparency Report” to reflect the trends in user data requests and the legal processes it needs to comply with, in order to maintain the public trust in the company. Google is actively pushing back against government warrants requesting users’ information, and the Transparency Report is designed to keep users abreast of the state of this battle.

“Government requests for user information in criminal cases have increased by about 120 percent since we first began publishing these numbers in 2009,” Google reported on it’s official blog.”You deserve to know when and how governments request user information online, and we’ll keep fighting to make sure that’s the case.” […]