Victory for Privacy: Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Location Records Protected Under Fourth Amendment

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment protects location records generated by mobile phones. The government in Carpenter v. United States had obtained more than 6 months of location records without a warrant. EPIC filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in…

Appeals Court Rules Suspicion Required for Forensic Searches of Phones at Border

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia recently issued a ruling in the case of United States v. Kolsuz. The appeals court ruling in the Kolsuz case created a significant change in how the 4th amendment of the constitution of the United States…

Patent Office Throws Out GEMSA’s Stupid Patent on a GUI For Storage

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a ruling [PDF] invalidating claims from US Patent No. 6,690,400, which had been the subject of the June 2016 entry in our Stupid Patent of the Month blog series. The patent owner, Global Equity Management (SA) Pty Ltd. (GEMSA), responded…

D.C. Circuit Won’t Fix Deeply Flawed Ruling in EPIC’s Case Against Presidential Election Commission

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to void an earlier ruling in EPIC’s case to halt the collection of state voter data by the Presidential Election Commission. Although the Commission was disbanded in January, last year’s decision by a three-judge panel of the…