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Microsoft challenges search warrant for data stored abroad

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 14 2014

Microsoft has filed an appeal from a magistrate's decision to issue a search warrant requiring Microsoft to turn over to the U.S. government emails

Digital privacy gets big win at Supreme Court

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 28 2014

The Supreme Court unanimously held, in Riley v. California, that police must generally obtain a warrant to search a cell phone seized from an

When does a border search cross the line?

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 19 2010

Several federal courts of appeal have held that the government can search electronic devices carried across the border by incoming travelers without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred

Court allows privacy suit to proceed against app maker

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 3 2012

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued a mixed decision on an app maker’s motion to dismiss federal and state claims arising from its collection of personal information

Federal Wiretap Act does not preempt state law, court finds

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 12 2012

The federal Wiretap Act does not preempt more privacy-protective state legislation, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Washington state expands privacy protection for text messages

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 22 2014

U.S. courts are divided over the privacy protections afforded to electronic communications under federal law. In State v. Roden and State v. Hinton

Eleventh Circuit requires warrant for cell-site location data

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 14 2014

Cell-site location data has become a popular tracking tool for law enforcement. It is not as popular in the courts, however, which are split on

DOJ gives pinky push to data retention

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 29 2011

A U.S. Justice Department official asked Congress to consider requiring electronic communications and cell phone service providers to retain data about their subscribers’ communications

Immunity for telecoms may not equal anonymity

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 13 2010

The Ninth Circuit has blocked, for now, a court order requiring disclosure of records that would identify the telecommunications companies and their agents that lobbied for an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that immunized companies that cooperated with the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program

Sixth Circuit okays warrantless tracking of cell phones

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 8 2012

Police do not need a warrant to obtain GPS, cell-site, or “ping” location data for mobile phones, according to a recent decision by the Sixth Circuit