DOJ Privacy Concerns

US Justice Department Tracking American Motorists

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department has been gathering and storing records of hundreds of American motorists. The report claims that this database can track the movements of vehicles across the country. The news has been confirmed through government documents as well as by former and current more »

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New York Prosecutor Highlights Need for Regulations to Fight Data Encryption

A top prosecutor of New York Country says that Apple and Google should be legally required to give police access to customer data that may be deemed necessary when investigating crimes. According to Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney, federal and state governments should consider passing laws that forbid devices like smartphones, tablets etc. to be more »

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Medical marijuana laws

Federal Government Claims in Court that Marijuana is Dangerous

President Obama has recently signed a legislation prohibiting any federal interference with state medical marijuana laws. As per this law, the federal government is barred from spending money to prevent California and 21 other states from implementing laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. However, a federal judge in Sacramento more »

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Microsoft-Fronts

Microsoft Files Civil Lawsuit Against Scammers

Microsoft is suing scammers who phone people pretending to represent the firm and offering bogus technology support. It is believed that these spam callers ask to take over home computers and demand money to fix them. They are also known to install viruses and useless security software and trick people into spending hundreds of dollars more »

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Justice Department Legalizes Pot for Indian Tribes

In a memo released this week, the Department of Justice has outlined new policies that allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana on reservation lands. Under the new policies, four Western US states will be allowed to grow and sell recreational marijuana. While possession of marijuana is a federal crime in the US, more »

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Eyewitness testimony

How reliable is Eyewitness Testimony?

The Ferguson, Missouri shooting incident of 18 year old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson reflects that eyewitness testimony varies among eyewitnesses and may not always be reliable. One explanation offered by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch regarding testimony of an eyewitness to the case is that the person more »

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Cybercriminal

Privacy and Law Enforcement Surveillance

According to Judge Richard-Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, privacy is overvalued. He said this during a conference in Washington, D.C. about privacy and cybercrime. “Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct,” Posner added. “Privacy is more »

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US most dangerous cities

Most Dangerous Cities in America – Murder Rates

Here’s a review of the most dangerous cities in America based on the annual murder rates per 1000 inhabitants. Cities included in this review are incorporated municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants and the murder rates for the purpose of this review are the sum of each city’s murders and non-negligent manslaughter divided by the more »

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Supreme Court To Hear Case Regarding Social Media Posts

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a First Amendment Case as to whether threatening speech posted on Facebook and other social media breaks the law. The appeal is up for argument on December 1. Social media companies already have rules to manage individual speech online but the outcome of this case could more »

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Marijuana Law in NYC

New York City Announces New Marijuana Policy

Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a new plan regarding the enforcement of law on marijuana possession. According to the new announcement, people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana will be given a ticket and will be cited for violation instead of being arrested and charged for a crime. This could potentially be more »

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