Police can no longer use cell phone towers to track criminal suspects without a warrant. Image: ShutterstockThe government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant. Well, an appeals court ruled today that the practice is unconstitutional, in one of the strongest judicial defenses of technology privacy rights we’ve seen in a while. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the government illegally obtained and used Quartavious Davis’s cell phone location data to help convict him in a string of armed robberies in Miami and unequivocally stated that cell phone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment.”In short, we hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” the court ruled in an opinion written by Judge David Sentelle
If your frat throws a sick outdoor party and there wasn’t a drone around to film it, did it really happen?Increasingly, it’s seemingly like the answer is no. After the video you see above made the rounds at BroBible and Total Frat Move, Jenner Jordan, the drone pilot behind it, began getting slammed with calls. The Ole Miss student has been in talks with frats at several different SEC schools and says he’s thinking about hiring new pilots to begin filming frat parties nationwide.”We’ve had calls from Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, there’s a few other ones—they’re thinking about the pricing and if it makes sense,” Jordan, owner of Skymasters Photography, told me. The Ole Miss Woodstock wasn’t the first bro blowout he filmed, but it was the largest (it includes, naturally, tons of neon and tie-dye, various people jumping into the pool, and, unfortunately, at least one Confederate flag)
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The US Federal Aviation Administration grants its first commercial drone licence over US land to oil giant BP and drone firm AeroVironment to conduct aerial surveys of pipelines.