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Happy new year, Friends. It is starting out to be a great 2012 for me. I’ve taken a position as General Counsel for Worldstar LLC and its flagship website worldstarhiphop.com (WSHH), voted top hip hop and urban culture website two years running by BET. In addition to the website, Worldstar operates a talent agency, video production company, dating site and is growing rapidly. They were a client of mine at ZwillGen PLLC, so I’m honored and thrilled to come on board full time.

Additionally, my new position allows me to continue work on the internet freedom and privacy issues so important to me: electronic surveillance, government privacy, computer security, coder’s rights and free speech .

So if you want to reach me, for WSHH matters or for any digital civil liberties issue, here’s my new contact information.

Jennifer Stisa Granick
Worldstar LLC General Counsel
Attorney at Law
350 Townsend Street, Ste. 612
San Francisco, CA 94107
tel 415-684-8111
fax 630-733-7653 or 424-298-8589
granick _at_ worldstarhiphop dot com
granicklaw _at_ granick dot com
personal twitter @granick
official worldstar twitter @worldstar
On October 28, the Department of Justice will argue to a District Court Judge in Arizona that neither the public nor criminal defendants should learn about a special investigative tool it uses to track individuals’ location via their cellphones. According to the Wall Street Journal, law enforcement and the military are regularly using such devices, called “Stingrays”. In the Arizona case, United States v. Rigmaiden, investigators used the technology to assist them in locating the suspect. That defendant is now asking the court to order the government to turn over information about how stingray functions and how it was used in his arrest so that he can litigate whether use of the device violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

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A look at the most recent court opinion on cell phone location tracking: http://bit.ly/o171vy
Isn’t it great that when your car, or phone, or laptop gets lost or stolen, you can use modern technology to find your stuff and get it back? One might think only paranoid Luddites or the thieves themselves would oppose such an innovation. But the joy of a ubiquitous communications/tracking network is tempered by the threat to privacy — and potential liability — for enlisting SkyNet to peer into our cars, purses and bedrooms.

Part One: The Wiretap Act and Find My Computer

Last month, in Clements-Jeffrey v. Springfield, a quirky case involving sex and a stolen laptop, a U.S. District Court judge in Ohio ruled that a laptop-tracking company could be liable for intercepting sexually explicit communications in an effort to identify thieves who stole the computer one plaintiff was using to communicate with the other. …

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A look at the most recent court opinion on cell phone location tracking: http://bit.ly/o171vy

You might be interested in EFF’s take on Google’s open wi-fi sniffing debacle.

In Rehberg v. Hodges, we are asking the 11th Circuit to fix an earlier opinion wrongly suggesting that the contents of stored emails are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.

New Research Suggests That Governments May Fake SSL Certificates | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

EFF represents the Long Haul and East Bay Prisoner Support in this case. A nice win for us, and for attorney Matt Zimmerman who wrote our opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss.

Side A: DJs Win Laptops Back | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Read my legal analysis on EFF’s website — New York Court Scores Over Oregon In Recent Email Privacy Opinions.

Pay As You Drive “Black Boxes” Threaten Driver Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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