STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 02, 2015

Climate Change at the Forefront Climate change has found purchase with Republican voters, half of whom now support government action to combat the global threat, and nearly as many of whom are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change (though the cause of climate changes remains a divisive issue). This development could be a boon for President Obama as he seeks to pass his budget for the federal government, which includes Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 6, 2014

Compelled Fingerprinting: The next development in what could be called IOs 8 Jurisprudence: a Virginia Circuit Court held that the 5th Amendment provides no protection for a Defendant forced to provide his fingerprint to unlock his phone. Professor and tech law writer Orin Kerr writes that the holding “is just a state court trial ruling, not an appellate decision. So it’s interesting more for its reasoning than its precedential value.” In dicta, the Court also Continue Reading →

Personal Data Encryption and its Legal Implications

Under the regime of Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, a law enforcement agency seeking access to a passcode-protected iPhone would send the phone, along with a valid search warrant, to Apple, who would then be obligated to bypass the passcode using a built-in “backdoor.” Thus, providing the law enforcement agency with the relevant information found in the phone. When iPhone users upgrade to the recently released iOS 8 (or purchase an iPhone 6 or 6 Continue Reading →