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Technological Advancements and the Constitutional Laws

August 14, 2021

There is a constitutional doctrine known as search incident to arrest. It states that when there is probable cause to believe that someone has committed a crime, and when that person is arrested, that determination carries with it an authorization to search them. However, the courts decided that the data on cellphone is protected by the Fourth Amendment. […]

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Right to Privacy: Third-party Doctrine and the Issue of Consent

August 14, 2021

The collection of Internet and telephone data of an individual is not protected by any constitutional law. The court says that one has no constitutional rights to protect information voluntarily disclosed to others. This is called the third-party doctrine. However, there are concerns regarding the application of this doctrine in the modern context. […]

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Electronic Surveillance: Challenges in Laws

August 13, 2021

Using miniature radios helped federal agents to use concealed radio transmitters to record conversations. Though there were appeals against these recordings being the basis for court rulings, the Court did not rule in favor. […]

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The Power of Metadata

August 11, 2021

Metadata allows the investigating agencies to investigate not only a particular individual but the whole network by using call data records. […]

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Section 215 Metadata Program—Does it Work?

August 11, 2021

No one today can underestimate the value of metadata. Following the digital footprint might seem the most logical way to investigate but it often ends up duplicating the existing, lead-generating efforts. […]

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Metadata and Civil Liberties

July 29, 2021

We know that telephone call data is not the only type of data that a government or a commercial company might collect. Potentially, they infringe on civil liberties. Therefore, it is imperative that proper laws are in place to check misuse. […]

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