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Attorney Cordell will talk Privacy on NBC-2 Tonight

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Attorney Spencer Cordell

This week the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a bipartisan report calling for standards on how cell-phone tower simulators, known as Stingrays, are used by government agencies. We don’t know how extensively they are being used, or even how much data they are able to collect: not just from criminals, but from average citizens whose phones get caught up. We do know there have been abuses in the past.

NBC-2 is doing a story tonight, and I may show up with some comments. The Stingray, and the secrecy around the agencies’ use of the technology is troubling. There are legal means to use technology, the most straightforward is just to get a warrant. We encourage standards and oversight, especially in Florida, which leads the country in Stingray use.

Tune in to NBC-2 tonight at 6 p.m.

More Marijuana News, Federal Court Declines to Reclassify Marijuana

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Wacky Tobacky

A Federal Court ruled today that they were not going to order reclassification of Marijuana from its current¬†Class-1 status. The classification decision is handled by the DEA, not the courts, and the court can only overturn that decision if it is “arbitrary and capricious”.¬†That’s a very low standard for the government, the basically only have to show some reasonable facts to support their decision: the decision does not have to be correct.