The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Feb. 25 that law enforcement needs a warrant to search the cellphone of someone who has been arrested and jailed.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former top aide will be deposed by Justice Department officials in early March as part of a lawsuit the DOJ launched against the Arizona sheriff in 2012.
A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.
On Jan. 17 the Supreme Court accepted for review (.pdf) two cases – one federal and one state – involving mobile phone privacy and police authority. The two cases involve slightly different technology but in both cases cellphones were taken from the suspects at the time of arrest to be examined without a warrant.
Civil libertarians had two technology case court setbacks in late December, with separate federal judges dismissing constitutional challenges to the National Security Agency telephony metadata program and to suspicionless searches of electronic devices at border crossings.
The 2012 ruling by the Supreme Court on a controversial Arizona state law show why that's the case, both when the court struck down key parts, and when that it upheld a section of the law as constitutional, says Christopher Lasch, an assistant professor at the University of Denver law school. He writes in a paper published by the Immigration Policy Center.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency bulk telephony data program likely violates the Fourth Amendment, characterizing a court case key to the program's legal underpinnings as irrelevant in an era of ubiquitous telecommunication. Official reaction to the ruling has been terse.
A federal appeals court turned down an attempt by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to overturn a lower court's ruling on the unconstitutionality of the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department.
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.
A federal appeals court has stayed a series of reforms to the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department required by lower court Judge Shira Scheindlin earlier this year.