FL State Sen. Jeff Brandes files electronic device privacy protection bill

Florida state senator Jeff Brandes (R), has filed SB 1256, which would require a warrant for the search of the content, information, and communications of cellular phones, portable electronic communication devices, and microphone-enabled household devices (i.e. Amazon’s Echo, Google Home devices, etc.). The intent of the legislation is to protect your privacy regarding these devices…

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms. A Florida Senate Bill (SB 290) sponsored by Criminal Justice and Darryl Rouson (D) proposes ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, allowing judges to depart from the 118 mandatory minimum sentences under Florida law [CS/HB 641 is a similar House bill]. The bill would exclude…

Florida legislature passes civil asset forfeiture reforms

Both the Florida House and Senate voted unanimously for legislation that would implement several reforms in Florida’s civil asset forfeiture statutes. According to the Institute for Justice, “If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, they can arrest you and put you on trial. At that trial, prosecutors must prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But if police…

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Violates Fourth Amendment

Source: The Intercept: Court Rules Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Violates Fourth Amendment Jenna McLaughlin Aug. 5 2015, 4:40 p.m. A divided appellate court panel in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on Wednesday that citizens do not give up their privacy rights just because their mobile-phone providers know where to reach them. The decision is the strongest assertion of the Fourth…

Santa Rosa County deputies entered private property without warrants

Santa Rosa County, Florida According to a statement on the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office (SRSO) Facebook page, deputies recently conducted random warrantless entries into citizens’ private property (read the full statement below). Deputies entered people’s vehicles without a warrant. According to the SRSO statement, deputies walked through “various subdivisions” and “did open some citizen’s car doors…