Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Jack-Booted Thug(s) of the Week...

... are the Michigan State Police troopers who apparently have been routinely hoovering up all of the data from the cell phones of motorists stopped for routine traffic violations in that state:

"A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections."

And what search warrant authorized such a We fail to see how getting a ticket for speeding or an improper lane change justifies such a draconian fishing expedition into someone's private business.

Furthermore, when the local ACLU made a simple records request seeking to find out more about this 4th Amendment-violating practice, the MSP responded with an outrageous demand for $544,680 in fees before they would release any information.

"'Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,' ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. 'No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the Michigan State Police should be willing to assuage concerns that these powerful extraction devices are being used illegally by honoring our requests for cooperation and disclosure.'"

Silly Mr. Fancher.  He should know by now that there are two sets of rules - one for the "special people" and another for the rest of the unwashed peasants.

Don't make it easy on these sorts of abusive "authorities" - encrypt the data on your phones and other mobile devices.  A quick Internet search will turn up software and instructions on how to easily do accomplish that task on any brand of product.

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