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Since the advent of the smart phone, more and more people have come to rely on the many services it can provide. But with the recent revelation that unencrypted data can expose to almost anyone where you are and where you’ve been, at what point do privacy concerns trump convenience? more...

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If you haven’t already tried it, Google Street View is a great way to see a street-level panoramic view of a neighborhood—just about anywhere in the world. Just about anywhere, because Google has been hitting some snags along the way, mostly about privacy. more...

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An appellate court has given Google Street View the green light to to post images of private homes online. The case arose from a complaint by Aaron and Christine Boring, who claimed a violation of their privacy after images of their home and pool appeared on the Internet. The photos were taken, the Borings said, by a Google driver who entered their private driveway to take pictures. more...

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Paris Hilton made headlines when a steamy sex video of her and former boyfriend Rick Salomon made the rounds of the digital community. Can the subjects of these scandalous home videos stop their release? The answer is the same as that to any legal question - it depends. more...

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The fourth amendment, as it is generally understood, protects you from unreasonable search and seizure. But, what happens if you get pulled over by a police officer when driving and he asks that you pop the trunk. Does he have the right to ask you to do this? Do you have the right to say no? Well, the answer is: it depends.Read more to find out when the police can search the trunk of your car. more...

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The Supreme Court has just ruled that police do not have to knock to gain access to homes if they have a search warrant. Furthermore, evidence discovered in the course of this search can be used in court. So, what does this mean for the privacy of the average American citizen? more...

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Can a journalist be forced to reveal confidential sources? The answer appears to be no...as long as that journalist is willing to go to jail. more...

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People are having their photos snapped without their knowledge or permission. The problem: many of the photos are strategically aimed "up the skirt" or "down the shirt." The Video Voyeurism Prevention Act was just passed in Congress to prevent these invasions of privacy. What does this mean? It means you have some rights. more...

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You may have seen news stories in which a camera pans over a dumpster overflowing with unshredded medical charts. News anchors follow-up and interview patients, bringing them the very file discovered amid the trash. Hearing such horror stories is grounds for worry about the safety of your own health information. Here's how HIPAA can and does protect you. more...

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It appears the long arm of the law may be getting quite a bit longer, as courts all the way to D.C. are granting police more power to invade people's privacy. For years now, federal courts have been nibbling away at Fourth Amendment protections, allowing more and more police to intrude into historically protected places. The latest - an 8th Circuit decision - even permits poking into public restrooms. more...

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