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The Shrinking Pool of Public Information

The Shrinking Pool of Public Information.
 
Today I went down the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Warrants Office to learn if there were any outstanding warrants for particular individual. I was politely told by the clerk that I could only have the information if I was the person in question or accompanied by the person in question.
 
Meanwhile in Tuolomne County, not only is that kind of information readily accessible by the public, it is available on line with mugshots.
 
What is it that the Sacramento County Sheriff hopes to accomplish by severely limiting this kind of information?

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How digital data can be obtained by the government.

This is a detailed article brought to my attention by the Reichel & Plesser law firm of Sacramento, CA.  It goes through how various types of digital information from your phone and a variety of other sources is accessible to the government.

http://www.propublica.org/special/no-warrant-no-problem-how-the-government-can-still-get-your-digital-data?fb_action_ids=10201227261140668&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210201227261140668%22%3A504185296270374%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210201227261140668%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

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Should the government need to get a warrant to search through your E-mails?

The following CNN article outlines the current effort in the US Congress to allow law enforcement to search anyone’s E-mails without a warrant.  No probable cause required.

You may want to read about this.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/

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