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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Los Angeles Law on Police Access to Hotel Registers

23 Jun, 2015   | by:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for consumer privacy 5-4 today in their opinion for California v. Patel. The Court found a Los Angeles law unconstitutional that required hotels to maintain a guest register subject to police inspection at any time – meaning without a warrant. The law was designed to crack down on human trafficking and related crimes. While the Supreme Court found the law overbroad in this instance, the majority opinion provided guidance on how the city could redraft the law within constitutional bounds. For example, “the city could issue administrative subpoenas for the registers, which a hotel could challenge before a ‘neutral decision maker.'”

Source: Supreme Court Strikes Down Los Angeles Law on Police Access to Hotel Registers – WSJ

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Haven’t Downloaded OS X Yosemite Yet? – Keep Waiting

5 Nov, 2014   | by:

It’s always a good call to wait a while after new software is released to make sure all the bugs are worked. You may want to wait until the new year with the OS X Yosemite release with recent reports of security flaws in Apple’s newest operating system.

Serious security flaw in OS X Yosemite ‘Rootpipe’ | ZDNet.

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U.S. Court distinguishes between fingerprint and pass code protected cellphones

31 Oct, 2014   | by:

Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that it does not violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to compel a criminal defendant to unlock a cellphone with a fingerprint. Whereas unlocking with a pass code requires the defendant to provide personal knowledge, a fingerprint is not considered testimonial because it is biometric information similar to a DNA sample.

The move towards fingerprint secured cellphones was with the goal of providing more security to the owner. This ruling however indicates that while the advanced technology provides more security, it may not provide more privacy.

Read more at: Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code.

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