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Author: Daniel Woislaw

May 18, 2020

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

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 the vacation season ...

January 01, 2020

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

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 ...

December 23, 2019

How the Fourth Amendment can protect us from becoming a 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 officials ever enact similar surveillance programs here? While it's always possible, U.S. citizens have a powerful weapon ...

December 09, 2019

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

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 ...

October 05, 2019

The Detroit News: Michigan constitutional amendment could secure digital privacy

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. ...

October 03, 2019

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

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 ...

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