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IRS has ‘no excuses’ for latest twist in email saga, says IT expert

By brittanyflohr in Crime, invasion of privacy, Safety, scam, Security at July 23rd, 2014 | No comments

The IRS has “no excuses” for the latest twist in the saga of its missing emails, says an expert in electronic discovery.

“Whether it’s incompetence or deliberate obstruction, the IRS has no excuses for having handled this so poorly,” said Bruce Webster, partner at Provo, Utah-based IT consulting and expert witness firm Ironwood Experts. Read the full article »

$10,000 prize offered to hack a Tesla car

By brittanyflohr in Crime, Hacking, Privacy, Technology at July 10th, 2014 | No comments

A Beijing security conference is offering $10,000 to anyone who can hack into a high-tech Tesla electric car.

The Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) has launched a hacking competition for security gurus attending its event. The competition’s goal is to examine the safety of a Tesla car, according to a note on the conference website, which says that the rules will be announced soon. Read the full article »

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High court limits cellphone searches

By brittanyflohr in court cases, Crime, invasion of privacy, Privacy, Security at June 27th, 2014 | No comments


A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. Read the full article »

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What next for eavesdropping law in Illinois?

By brittanyflohr in Chicago, eavesdropping, Illinois, invasion of privacy, Privacy at June 5th, 2014 | No comments

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the law that criminalized recording of conversations without all parties’ consent. What will replace it, and when?

Illinois is without an eavesdropping law.

In two opinions issued by the Illinois Supreme Court on March 20, the justices held that the law, which criminalized the recording of conversations without all parties’ consent, was overly broad and unconstitutional. The ruling means the Illinois General Assembly will have to quickly craft a law that conforms with the court decision because right now, even surreptitious recording cannot be criminalized.

People v. Clark

In the key case decided by the justices, People v. Clark, 2014 IL 115776, the defendant had recorded a conversation with his ex-wife’s lawyer and a conversation between himself, his ex-wife’s lawyer, and a judge during a court call in Kane County Circuit Court. Clark was prosecuted under the eavesdropping law but challenged his conviction, arguing that the statute violated his First Amendment and substantive due process rights and was therefore unconstitutional.

The circuit court agreed and the Illinois Supreme Court upheld that ruling. Read the full article »

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