Daily Journal : Facial recognition ban shows legislation can protect privacy, too

July 31, 2019 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

Last month, the San Francisco City Council voted to prohibit city agencies from using facial recognition software on municipal cameras. City officials raised reasonable questions about how the technology would be used, as well as the potential effects on civil liberties. San Francisco is the first major city to ban the use of facial ID … ...


Privacy protections could get a much-needed digital overhaul in Michigan

October 03, 2019 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

No level of government should be allowed to violate the privacy of American citizens through unreasonable searches and seizures of their property in whatever form the property takes, even digital data. Like the First Amendment, our right to privacy applies widely to digital technologies. We believe this, and so does Michigan State Senator Jim Runes ...


The Detroit News : Michigan constitutional amendment could secure digital privacy

October 05, 2019 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

With a near steady drumbeat of news stories about data breaches, Russian hackers and government surveillance, it’s not surprising that digital privacy is on the minds of many Americans. This includes lawmakers here in Michigan who have become the latest in a series of legislative bodies to push for stronger digital privacy protections. On Oct ...


The Virginian-Pilot : Norfolk’s Airbnb rules may not pass muster

December 09, 2019 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

Planning to rent out your home to visitors through an online booking service such as Airbnb? If you live in Norfolk, you might just be inviting Big Brother into your living room. That’s the conclusion we can draw from Norfolk’s new ordinance requiring property owners to register with the city and submit to warrantless inspections ̷ ...


How our Fourth Amendment rights can protect us from becoming a surveillance state

December 23, 2019 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

American’s Fourth Amendment rights are our best defense against a government-sponsored surveillance state. Recent reports from countries like China and Russia have shown frightening new government programs that spy on Chinese and Russian citizens. Programs like these aren’t surprising coming from Russia and China, but could American off ...


With 5G arriving, the Supreme Court needs to rule on what digital privacy means 

January 01, 2020 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

The introduction of 5G data networks promises unbelievable advancements in the tech capabilities of every area of our lives. But 5G will also make it possible for government and law enforcement to use technology to gather data and information about Americans. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled definitively on what qualifies as our constitutionally ...


This unknown colonial lawyer helped spark the American Revolution and paved the way for American property rights

March 18, 2020 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the other Founding Fathers are rightly celebrated for their role in freeing America from oppressive British rule and building a government that has stood the test of time. But James Otis, a Boston lawyer in the mid-1700s, was one of the American Revolution’s most important intellectual i ...


This Massachusetts town tried shutting off some residents’ water to combat COVID-19, but that’s unconstitutional

May 18, 2020 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

Attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, officials in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts, recently deprived seasonal homeowners of the right to receive running water in their homes. The reasoning was that if these homeowners couldn’t access the town’s public water utility, they wouldn’t return to Salisbury for th ...


Supreme Court must remind law enforcement that not even the police are above the law

June 24, 2020 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

In 2015, an armed shoplifter fleeing the police broke into the Lech family’s home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The shoplifter, who chose the Lech’s house at random, refused to come out and opened fire on the cops outside. In response, local police used explosives, high-caliber ammunition and a battering ram mounted on a tank-like veh ...