This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.
Editor’s Note: One of the next items to succumb to the digital morass could be your driver’s license. The Iowa Department of Transportation has been working with a private company to develop a driver’s license smart phone app, which could be used in place of a physical license. The system would allow a police officer to scan the digital information from your phone using a portable device. The plan could be non-starter, however, given unresolved privacy and security issues.
Indeed, personal privacy issues are at the top of our list of concerns with such a proposal. Police already clamor for access to personal cell-phone data and use sophisticated tools like stingray devices to get it. Why make it even easier by setting up a regime whereby drivers voluntarily surrender their phones as part of a routine traffic stop? As this 2011 e-newsletter highlights, court decisions have already made cell-phone data fair game for warrantless searches. Read the rest of this article »