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Everyday Technology That Spies on You – Available to Law Enforcement and Countless Unauthorized Users

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Warrant, GPS on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Recent cases continue to reveal the advancements in technology and how they are used, both properly and improperly, to track our movements, actions and private lives.

First, new cars have increasingly sophisticated technology. Roadside assistance features and other devices track our vehicles’ locations, speed and other relevant activities. Most vehicles are now equipped with Event Data Recorders, also known as a vehicle black box. Local police departments are now equipped to retrieve and analyze the black box data and use it against you in court. As of May 2018, almost all U.S. vehicles come standard with a black box installed.

Tags: Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Warrant, GPS

Rapidly Expanding Use of Smart Devices to Solve Crimes

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Over the past several months I have written about the increasing use of every day technology that automatically tracks our movements and records our conversations. Cellphones ping off cell towers that give the government access to our daily movements through information stored by carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Alexa and other smart home devices can record our conversations and keep track of our search histories. Smart phone apps and Fitbits that track movement, heart rates and other physical activity can be used to track locations, times and other physical attributes that law enforcement can access to investigate a variety of crimes.

Tags: Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment

Warrant to Search Places or To Electronically Intercept Communications - What's Required?

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Federal Law Enforcement, Federal Investigation, Search and Seizure, Warrant, FISA Warrant, Wiretap on Monday, February 5, 2018

Much has been written and tweeted about this past week concerning this topic. Politics aside for the moment, what does the government need to demonstrate to a court that a place should be searched, or a person’s phone calls should be intercepted?

Tags: Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Federal Law Enforcement, Federal Investigation, Search and Seizure, Warrant, FISA Warrant, Wiretap

Alexa, Siri, Cortana – Are you Recording Me?

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Privacy, Spying, cellphone, Recording, Search and Seizure, Cell tower, Fourth Amendment on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

With the advent of “smart homes and devices,” we are now in a world once only imagined in science fiction. Our phones now track our every move, contain our internet search histories and record vast portions of our lives through photos, texts, and encrypted messages.  Home security devices and cameras record not only strangers coming to your home, but also you and your invited guests.  Baby monitors, smart kitchen devices like refrigerators, and home devices like Amazon’s Echo, are always on and potentially recording or transmitting.  And therein lies the problem. 

Anything attached to the internet – the Internet of Things – can be hacked, intercepted or legitimately recorded.  Since these devices are in the privacy of our own homes or businesses, they have the ability to capture our most intimate and private conversations and actions.

Tags: Criminal Defense, Privacy, Spying, cellphone, Recording, Search and Seizure, Cell tower, Fourth Amendment

Are Your Electronic Devices Spying on You?

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Investigation, Investigation, Evidence, Intelligence, Hacking, Privacy, Spying on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Between the President’s accusation that the prior President tapped his phones, and WikiLeaks recent exposure of alleged CIA hacking tools and techniques, much has been reported in recent days about the government’s ability to intercept and listen to our conversations over our cellphones; computers; smart home devices such as televisions and baby monitors; products such as Alexa and Amazon Echo; encrypted messaging apps such as Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram; and home security cameras and systems. All of these devices provide potential ways for the government and hackers to enter our seemingly private worlds and eavesdrop. The difference between the government and a hacker, however, is that the government must obtain a court authorized warrant to do so.

Tags: Criminal Investigation, Investigation, Evidence, Intelligence, Hacking, Privacy, Spying

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