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Nothing to Hide - Right?

'What could possibly go wrong? It always starts with something innocent.' By Mack Diesel.

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This privacy snafu is getting out far and wide. And yet the 'nothing to hide' crowd is there in the comments section of every story, spewing their apathetic bullshit how they don't care if their location history is around for all to see.

In case you missed the story about the Michigan State Police in a previous post, here is that story again:

Emphasis mine:

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

Funny how law enforcement always gives the public lip about having 'something to hide' during a traffic stop search request, but when the tables are turned and the public demands to know just what in the hell their government is doing through legitimate avenues, it seems that these officials are the ones with 'something to hide'.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

One word: EXTORTION.

The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

Surely you weren't doing anything wrong to have the police pull you over, right? I'm sure that you were driving under the speed limit, you were moving over for other cops and construction workers, have your GPS tracking device mounted correctly, and certainly weren't yapping on your phone. Oh yeah: if you aren't from CA, you'd better know about our laws!

Oh and I'm pretty sure you don't mind having your tickets up on the local county database for all to see?


if you search nicole davenport at the superior court record site above, you see she has a history of speeding over 65 MPH, no insurance/registration, driving over divided highways, & more. Sounds like a reckless irresponsible person to me , and its a good thing she is off the road. Doesn't matter all this fluff your all saying about shes a nice co worker, etc etc. She was a danger on the road. [sic]
 - STAN483

You had better hope nothing ever happens to you as in the case with the late Ms Davenport because heartless fucktards like the one above will go to town on you.

Unemployed? Need a job that requires driving? Hope your prospective employer doesn't find out about those traffic tickets...

Funny how those 'People Behaving Badly' segments never tell you how your tickets end up in an online database.

'With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity', Fancher wrote. 'A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.'

What could possibly go wrong?

You know, it always starts with something so innocent like an unencrypted and unprotected history of where you (those are your contacts, usernames, and messages, right?) and your phone have been. I mean, no one has anything to hide, right? You weren't doing anything wrong that could warrant your phone's location information to be taken in for 'evidence', correct?

Oh I'm sure that the Dutch would have never used such innocent information about their citizenry. Too bad that the Germans decided to pay a visit one day.

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