The Allegheny County Jail says its ban on print books from the outside, announced this week, was adopted for “security” reasons. Inmates will have to read new books on electronic tablets, but there are only 263 books, including 49 religious titles, available in the facility’s digital library.
A federal district judge in an ACLU lawsuit ruled that border agents can’t search international travelers’ smartphones and other electronic devices without at least suspecting them of a crime. But she declined to hold the government to a higher probable-cause standard.
When Jon Goldsmith posted a profanity-laced Facebook post criticizing a deputy, Goldsmith was charged with criminal harassment. The sheriff’s office now will pay him to settle a free speech case he filed.
One month after the Georgia Supreme Court found breathalyzer refusals could not be used as evidence against drivers, state legislators have patched up policing procedures while plotting a longer-term fix.
As prison law libraries go digital, many inmates are encountering significant barriers to getting the materials they need to pursue their cases. TCR investigates a barrier to justice that has received little attention.
Facial recognition technology made by Amazon that is being used by some police departments and other organizations incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress with people who had been charged with a crime, says the American Civil Liberties Union.
The 5-4 decision announced Friday is a victory for privacy in the digital age. The case marks a major change in how police can obtain phone records. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court’s four liberals.
Amazon has joined the growing number of companies selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, offering to “identify persons of interest against a collection of millions of faces in real-time.” Civil libertarians are nettled. “This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law,” says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Calls for greater independence of the FBI in the wake of concerns about the Trump investigation are misguided, says a University of Louisville law professor. He argues those who worry about presidential interference should support creating a separate federal crime agency while keeping its counterintelligence functions answerable to the president.