- Homepage: http://www.mccullagh.org/
September 2001: Washington DC Correspondent for "Wired", moderator of "Politech" politics and technology email list. http://www.mccullagh.org/about/bio.html
July 2007: Journalist.
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) CNET Source Jun 29, 2011 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) News.com Source Nov 25, 2005
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 29, 2011 California targets Kindle lab in Amazon tax spat
QUOTE: Amazon.com said today that it's reluctantly severing ties with affiliates in California, a move that it hopes will let it continue shipping products to state residents without collecting sales taxes.... The measure says that any retailer who "through a subsidiary" has any "place of business" in California must collect sales taxes.
CNET Jun 10, 2010 Judge limits DHS laptop border searches
QUOTE: A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler's laptop, keep it locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later.
CNET Apr 19, 2010 Amazon fights demand for customer records
QUOTE: Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.
CNET Feb 13, 2010 Justice Dept. defends warrantless cell phone tracking
QUOTE: The FBI and other police agencies don't need to obtain a search warrant to learn the locations of Americans' cell phones, the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Friday.
CNET Aug 28, 2009 Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
QUOTE: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
CNET Jul 29, 2009 Congress: File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Government Data
QUOTE: Sensitive files including Secret Service safehouse locations, military rosters, and IRS tax returns can still be found on file-sharing networks...
CBS News Nov 10, 2008 Agendas vanish from Obama's transition Web site
QUOTE: If a president-elect circulates a press release promising to do something, and then changes his mind, there's a paper trail. Not so when files are added to a Web site and then quietly removed over a weekend.
CNET Oct 10, 2008 Will Senate actually investigate NSA spying on Americans?
QUOTE: The U.S. Senate is investigating allegations by two National Security Agency whistleblowers who have described widespread monitoring of innocuous telephone conversations by the Bush administration's clandestine program.
CNET Sep 26, 2008 Do you oppose the $700 billion Wall Street bailout? Click here
QUOTE: Quote:A flurry of Web activism is channelling misgivings about the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout into political action.
CNET Jun 29, 2007 Dark side of 'reputation defending' service (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: Companies like DefendMyName.com have recently been treated to a flurry of positive news articles describing how they help paying clients remove embarrassing information from the Internet. .... A court ruling last week, however, revealed the dark side of how some of these companies work.
News.com Jun 13, 2007 Teenage murderers convicted through IM logs (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: A teenage girl, her boyfriend, and a mutual friend jointly murder[ed the] girl's mother, who was opposed to the relationship. ....detectives unearthed a series of e-mail and instant-message exchanges between the then-teenagers and used them as evidence in the trial.
News.com Jun 06, 2007 Court overturns man's Net ban for life (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [A] pennsylvania man appeal[ed] a lifelong ban on using any computer network at "any location, including employment or education." ...[his] permanent ban on Internet use [was] thrown out.
News.com May 30, 2007 Cops need warrant to search cell phone? (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [The] San Francisco Police Department arrest[ed] alleged medical-marijuana distributors and searche[d] a T-Mobile Sidekick without a search warrant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston [ruled that the] warrantless search violate[d the] Fourth Amendment.
News.com May 16, 2007 Imprisoned sex offenders demand PCs (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: Sex offenders held in Minnesota facility say it was illegal for guards to confiscate personal computers used in their rooms...Court of Appeals of Minnesota [ruled that] sex offenders have no right to possess PCs.
News.com May 09, 2007 Fired federal worker sues over googling (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A government worker claims a department official violated his "right to fundamental fairness" by using Google to research his prior work history in a dispute over the use of government property .... The appeals court, however, disagreed. It ruled that the Google searches were not prejudicial and affirmed Mullins' dismissal as a civil servant.
News.com Apr 25, 2007 Secret recording inadmissible against bus driver (Police blotter)
QUOTE: [A] Milwaukee school bus driver's abuse of a child [was] discovered after parents place[d] a voice-activated recorder in son's backpack .... [A court ruled that the] recording [could not] be used...in court because it was not obtained by police.
News.com Apr 19, 2007 Cops OK to copy cell phone content (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A Kansas state trooper [arrested a man] for alleged drug possession, and download[ed] contents of his cell phones...[ a U.S. District judge said] copying of cell phones' contents was permissible .... This raises issues--especially when hard drives that can store intimate life details are growing in capacity and shrinking in size.
News.com Apr 18, 2007 Open Wi-Fi blamed in child porn case (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: In a worst-case scenario, it isn't hard to imagine someone using another person's unsecured wireless connection to send child porn to the FBI, and then watch the agents show up and seize the target's computers and perhaps arrest the person in the process.
News.com Apr 05, 2007 No privacy in home PC brought to work (Police blotter)
QUOTE: City treasurer in Oklahoma protests warrantless search of his personally owned computer after a police inspection allegedly discovered child pornography. Outcome: Appeals court rules in favor of police search of computer brought into the office, and the treasurer is sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.
News.com Mar 14, 2007 Computer logs as alibi in wife's death (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Douglas Plude, convicted of his wife's murder, says computer logs provide an alibi. Plude, who lived in Wisconsin, claims his expert had insufficient time before trial to review them.
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