Loss of Privacy

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FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver Police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend.

A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung tablet said police then seized his tablet, over his objections, and when they returned it to him, the video of the arrest was missing.

However, the witness said he was able to recover the 55 second video clip because his tablet had stored it in the cloud.

The police need a warrant to search electronics. They obtained the information through coercion. Always backup immediately to someone online, install the ACLU-NJ Police Tape app or, when you get home, try recuva to restore the file.

You can find updates to the story at FOX31’s website.

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Presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center.

Some say that mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S Constitution say?

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Is collection of phone records a “search” or “seizure”?

If so, is it “unreasonable”? Does it require a particularized warrant and probable cause? These are among the most consequential-and controversial-constitutional questions of our time.

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Jesselyn Radack, Government Accountability Project, joins Thom Hartmann. Edward’s Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s spying program have quite literally changed the world. What does Snowden himself think about all this?

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I’m a little late on this since the 4th was yesterday, but the video is still work watching.

Restore the Fourth is a day of protest on July 4th calling for the protection of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. Visit Restore the Fourth’s website to locate a protest near you. The movement started on Reddit and spread via 4Chan and Mozilla. Restore the Fourth will show that Americans won’t tolerate unaccountable government agencies violating their privacy.

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This Fourth of July, EFF will be demonstrating our commitment to your Constitutional right of privacy from government surveillance by displaying the text of the Fourth Amendment on our website. This demonstration is a visual symbol of our opposition to the illegal and unconstitutional surveillance by the National Security Agency, which the government now admits has been collecting data on millions of ordinary Americans not suspected of any crime.

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Learn more at EFF.

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