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Cellphones

Submission + - Is Police Cellphone Tracking Okay If There's No Trespass? (justia.com)

marbux writes: Two-part article criticizes a questionable recent appeals court ruling that police in the U.S. may track cell phone locations without a search warrant.

This past August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in United States v. Skinner, held that police may, without a warrant or probable cause, use global positioning technology to track a suspect’s whereabouts through his cellular phone. This ruling is important because it follows up on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last term in United States v. Jones that police do need a warrant and probable cause to attach a global positioning device to a vehicle and thereby track a suspect’s whereabouts.


Government

Submission + - Confirmed: Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: German Government has went a bit too far trying to be transparent and has inadvertently revealed that German police monitors Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat as and when necessary. The revelations come as the German Government let out figures of expenses incurred by the Federal Ministry of the Interior following a parliamentary inquiry, which were spotted by the annalist blog. The pages contain a whole lot of tables and as many would find those boring, some pages reveal something very startling. On page 34 and page 37 of the report line item 486 and 265 respectively, represent decoding software for Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail for prevention and investigation.

Submission + - OnLive sold for $5M (bbc.co.uk)

gabebear writes: "In a firesale Onlive, which was once valued at $1.8bn, was sold for practically nothing. Workers are mostly losing their jobs and stock options and investors are having to write off their investment."

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