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Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (10/14/2011)

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Caitlin O'Neill,
Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate,
ACLU of Northern California
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October 14, 2011

D.C. Judge: Government Doesn’t Need a Warrant to Demand Cell Phone Location Information [ACLU Blog of Rights]
… Does that mean that the government can simply demand these records from your carrier without a warrant? Unfortunately, according to Judge Royce Lamberth of the D.C. District Court, the answer to that question is ‘yes.’

Yes, They Really Know It’s You [ACLU Blog of Rights]
As we’ve described in previous posts, the ACLU is very concerned about the new model for internet advertising, called behavioral targeting.

Calif. Governor Veto Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches [Wired]
“California Gov. Jerry Brown is vetoing legislation requiring police to obtain a court warrant to search the mobile phones of suspects at the time of any arrest.”

Making Privacy Notices Easier for Websites [Wall Street Journal]
“As online companies face the threat of tighter regulations on Web tracking, a new business is springing up around something many users have long ignored: privacy notices.”

Look out, Skype? T-Mobile launches free web calls to mobile phones, landlines [GeekWire]
“T-Mobile USA is expanding its ‘Bobsled’ web calling service to let anyone — whether a customer of the company or not — make free calls over the Internet from a web browser to traditional landlines and mobile phones in the U.S. and Canada.”

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