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Cops turning to third-party companies to hack suspects’ phones

Police Utilizing Private Companies, Exploits To Access Data From Suspects’ Smartphones (via Techdirt) Law enforcement agencies really want to see your phone’s contents. I mean, they really want to. Martin Kaste at NPR has a story on law enforcement and smartphones which contains the following quote from a Rolf Norton,…

California lawmaker pushes to end warrantless cell phone tracking

California state Sen. Mark Leno (D) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit law enforcement agencies in the state from using a person’s cell phone to track their movement, unless they first got a warrant. “Our modern day smart phones and gadgets make it easy to get directions to just…

Gary Johnson decries domestic drones: ‘Big Brother is alive and well’

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday blasted Congress for making the United States a “wide-open playground for government snooping.” Congress passed and Obama signed into law legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through 2015. But the legislation also included provisions that would make it easier for law enforcement…

Arizona governor says immigration leads to beheadings

“Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded,” she says Arizona’s Republican governor is trumpeting her anti-immigration credentials as part of her re-election campaign –and her latest remarks about decapitation are sure to cause a firestorm. Gov.…

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