Can The Police Read Your Email?

FBI Building by Flickr User Matti Mattila Licensed Under Creative Commons

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The recent scandal involving the CIA, FBI, and email has shed new light on American’s email security.  Former CIA Director David Petreaus resigned over an extramarital affair with biographer, Paula Broadwell.  Jill Kelley, the third member of the love triangle, contacted the FBI when she received an anonymous, threatening email (from Broadwell). The FBI sent a request to the ISP of the email and was able to see all emails older than six months.  The electronic paper trail revealed the extramarital affair and the rest is history.  The FBI had access to an unlimited amount of email information without a warrant.  This loophole is the subject of pending legislation in the US Senate.

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Florida IRAS Cameras Catch Pot Smoker

 

Blue View, by Flickr user Runs With Scissors, License by Creative Commons

In Orlando, Florida, an Innovative Response to Improve Safety, or an IRIS Camera, stopped a crime in progress.  This was also the first time that this camera system was used to intervene during the middle of the criminal activity.  What crime? Was it Murder, rape, maybe terrorism, no it was someone thought to be smoking pot.  The police officer viewing the activity assumed Joe Haywood and two other individuals were smoking Marijuana and dispatched an officer right away to stop the illegal activity.  When a patrol car arrived on scene, the man with the alleged marijuana swallowed the substance. The officer then said he saw a marijuana leaf stuck on Haywood’s teeth.  Haywood was arrested and the others were let go. He has retained an attorney and plans on suing the police department.

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