Archive for the ‘privacy’ category

Court Upholds Temporary Ban on Florida Welfare Drug Testing

February 26th, 2013

Earlier today, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that temporarily halted the enforcement of a Florida law requiring that all welfare recipients be drug testedUrine Sample in order to receive benefits.

We have addressed this issue in the past on this blog, and it is good to see the 11th Circuit supporting the lower court’s decision. Drug testing in this fashion is an invasion of privacy, and in most cases ends up costing the taxpayers far more than is saved by denying benefits to the very few people who test positive.

Grope and Pillage: $60 Billion Wasted So Far On TSA

March 16th, 2012
Created by: OnlineCriminalJusticeDegree.com It's a safe bet that most travelers personally despise the airport body scanners used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (and their health risks, possibly including cancer), not to mention the groping that passengers must endure if they turn down the body scan.Meanwhile, in Europe, with more public awareness, body scanners have been banned due to health and safety concerns. A lawsuit claiming "cancer clusters" in TSA employees has been filed, which could unearth even more damning evidence against the devices. Continue reading "Grope and Pillage: $60 Billion Wasted So Far On TSA" >

Can The Cops Track You With GPS? Supreme Court To Decide

November 8th, 2011
​The United States Supreme Court will decide whether law enforcement should have obtained a search warrant before placing a global positioning system (GPS) tracking device on the car of a Washington, D.C., man who was suspected of dealing drugs, so they could covertly track his movements.The justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in an appeal from the Obama Administration, which wants the power to track suspects' movements without getting a warrant, reports Bill Mears at CNN.A majority of the justices appeared adamant after a one-hour public session that police officers should have gotten a warrant before placing the device on the subject's vehicle, Mears reports. A government lawyer didn't help the Feds' case when he suggested that such surveillance could be used on members of the Court itself. Continue reading "Can The Cops Track You With GPS? Supreme Court To Decide" >

Can The Cops Track You With GPS? Supreme Court To Decide

November 8th, 2011
​The United States Supreme Court will decide whether law enforcement should have obtained a search warrant before placing a global positioning system (GPS) tracking device on the car of a Washington, D.C., man who was suspected of dealing drugs, so they could covertly track his movements.The justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in an appeal from the Obama Administration, which wants the power to track suspects' movements without getting a warrant, reports Bill Mears at CNN.A majority of the justices appeared adamant after a one-hour public session that police officers should have gotten a warrant before placing the device on the subject's vehicle, Mears reports. A government lawyer didn't help the Feds' case when he suggested that such surveillance could be used on members of the Court itself. Continue reading "Can The Cops Track You With GPS? Supreme Court To Decide" >