‘Enormous Victory’: US Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Electronic Devices Unconstitutional | Common Dreams News

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“The court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.”

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In a development that the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared “an enormous victory for privacy,” a federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that suspicionless searches of travelers’ phones, laptops, and other electronic devices by government agents at U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

“This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices,” EFF senior staff attorney Sophia Cope said in a statement.

The lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, was filed by EFF, the national ACLU, and ACLU of Massachusetts on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent resident who had their devices searched without warrants. The suit named as defendants the Department of Homeland Security and two agencies it oversees–Customs and Border Protection as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Federal judge dismisses Erie County clerk’s legal challenge to Green Light Law – The Buffalo News

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns, who sought to prevent New York State from granting driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who heard oral arguments last month over his bid for a preliminary injunction, said Kearns does not have legal standing to challenge the law.

“While plaintiff may strenuously disagree with the Green Light Law, he is not the proper party to challenge its legitimacy because he has failed to establish an injury that is recognized under the law,” Wolford wrote in her 32-page decision.

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Business Development with Legal Checkups – Blumberg Blog

Michael Goldblatt
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This article provides tips and resources for conducting checkups for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Legal checkups alert clients to opportunities for avoiding problems with a lawyer’s help. Legal specialties well suited to checkups include corporate, estate, employment, family, and real estate practices.
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10 actions that will protect people from facial recognition software

Darrell West, director and vice president of Governance Studies. 2/2017

Darrell M. West

Vice President and Director – Governance Studies

Founding Director – Center for Technology Innovation

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Editor’s Note:This report from The Brookings Institution’s Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology (AIET) Initiative is part of “AI Governance,” a series that identifies key governance and norm issues related to AI and proposes policy remedies to address the complex challenges associated with emerging technologies.

Facial recognition (FR) software inspires intense reactions from many people. On the one hand, a number of individuals worry that FR will usher in an Orwellian nightmare of mass surveillance and privacy intrusions. They see FR combined with ubiquitous video cameras, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics as a formula for harming humanity and restricting individual freedom.

Yet at the same time, FR has been used to locate missing people, improve the security of schools and airports, help those who are visually impaired, and counter terrorism. It is the ultimate dual-use technology, with a wide range of beneficial and dangerous uses. The very same tools that horrify individuals also can help people and save lives.
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Election for Upstate Judgeship Turns Ugly After Mailers Label Candidate as Socialist, Pro-Drug | New York Law Journal

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A mailer sent to voters in Sullivan County has labeled a Democratic candidate for county court judge as wanting to “bring socialism” to the county and supporting the legalization of drugs–both claims, the candidate says, are false and a breach of ethics.

The claims were then repeated in an additional eight-page mailer, designed to look like a newspaper, that appeared to offer an endorsement for the candidate’s opponent, the Republican candidate.

Those attacks were directed at Cynthia Dolan, a Democrat running to be the next county court judge in Sullivan County. The position opened up this year when Justice Frank LaBuda reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Dolan’s GOP opponent, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell, has claimed full responsibility for the mailer’s content and said in social media postings that it is justified by what he terms as “spurious” and “false” allegations about his record as the county’s top prosecutor.

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Rear-facing car seat law begins in New York State | RochesterFirst

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Parents now have to put their children under two in rear-facing car seats. This used to be just a recommendation but it’s now a requirement in New York State.

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“The child’s whole head neck, spine, and back is protected by the shell of the car seat. Any crash forces are going to be put onto the shell of the car seat and not onto the child’s body,” said Jean Triest from the Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety.

Triest said in order for the car seat to do its job it needs to be installed properly. Unfortunately, New York State has a 92 percent car seat misuse rate, which is higher than the national average.

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