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Coalition Urges Supreme Court to Block Government Abuse of Surveillance Technology
Washington, D.C. – The principal inventor of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other leading technologists have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in urging the U.S Supreme Court to block the government from using GPS tracking without first getting a warrant, arguing that the massive collection of sensitive location data should require court oversight.
Roger L. Easton is considered the father of GPS as the principal inventor and developer of the Timation Satellite Navigation System at the Naval Research Laboratory. The current GPS is based on Timation, and its principles of operation are fundamentally identical. In an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court Monday in United States v. Jones, EFF, Mr. Easton, along with other technology experts, pointed out the many ways in which GPS tracking is fundamentally different from and more invasive than other surveillance technologies the court has allowed before, and how law enforcement use of GPS without a warrant violates Americans’ reasonable expectations of privacy.
“This is the first case where the Supreme Court will consider automatic, persistent, passive location tracking by law enforcement,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. “The government can use location information over time to learn where you go to church, what sort of doctors you go to, what meetings and activities you participate in, and much more. Police should not have blanket permission to install GPS devices and collect detailed information about people’s movements over time without court review.”
In Jones, FBI agents planted a GPS device on a car while it was on private property. Agents then used the GPS to track the position of the vehicle every ten seconds for a full month without obtaining a search warrant. An appeals court ruled that the surveillance was unconstitutional without a warrant, but the government appealed the decision.
“If police are allowed to plant GPS devices wherever they please, that’s essentially blanket permission for widespread, ongoing police surveillance without any court supervision,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “It’s not hard to see how that kind of leeway would be abused. We hope the Supreme Court takes a close look at how this technology works and act to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans.”
The brief was authored by Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP and The Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic. It was also signed by the Center for Democracy and Technology, Professor Matt Blaze of the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Andrew J. Blumberg of the University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Norman M. Sadeh of Carnegie Mellon University.
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Today, U.S. President signed the America Invents Act into law, formally bringing an end to more than two centuries of American patent law. Once the law takes effect, the “first to invent” standard previously used to determine patent ownership – roughly put, the person who can demonstrate by combination of conception and attempt to put [...]
Hi, I just watched this on TV, a still light tv-show about internet, but is very concomitant with the blog’s subject of internet privacy. I recommend watching in full screen (The video is in 2 “about 6min” blocks, the second will load automatically in fullscreen ) Wanted to share with you, nice watch, feel free [...]
Hello; Earlier this month I posted about Parallels Desktop 7 use of Chameleon, after that, the Blog has been contacted by a Parallels’ representative. I became happy to notice a company showing care like they did; Parallels said that they use Chameleon RC2 which – according to the statement – was released under APSL, and [...]
What has long been an EFF issue is once again making headlines. In recent days, the world is seeing damning reports of authoritarian regimes spying on their citizens using American- and European-made surveillance technologies, with new evidence emerging from Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Thailand. Last week, Bloomberg reported on Bahrain’s use of Nokia-Siemens surveillance software to [...]
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Hello, For those still having problems with ATI5000Controller to load Vervet DsiplayPort, these are patched kexts for it. With these you should just enable graphics enabler back and vervet should still work. The hack was done based on various sources, mainly insanelymac, and bcc9′s biosdump and ATI Connector Info. As I had to put the [...]
Good technical news: since 10.6.8 and 10.7 betas ATI drivers have been great for 6xxx cards, but made the MDPs of some 5770 (like mine) stop working with mdp displays (like mine, lucky me…). Now the good news: latest Apple Developer Beta Mac OS (11C37) brings new drivers capable of finally detecting and making work [...]
12:00 AM – August 7, 2011 by Jane McEntegart – source: Xinhua News Agency Foxconn aims to use one million robots in three years time as part of an effort to tackle rising labor costs. Foxconn’s employment practices often make the news and the company last week hit the headlines once again. This time, it’s [...]
Tips for Talking to the Police With the trials of criminalization of technological knowledge by 3rd party and it’s undiscriminated use by individuals, things are getting harder above the Equator Line… as so, many activist sites are in campaign to inform you, me, normal people, about our rights. As so, i will here let some [...]