Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home
INDIANAPOLIS | Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.
In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.
“We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,” David said. “We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”
Wow! And I thought things were crazy here in Massachusetts!
An Indiana Justice says that it’s pubic policy to allow cops to break the law…to barge into any home at any time under any or no pretense? And that the actual Fourth Amendment is no longer compatible with modern interpretations of the Fourth Amendment?
Has Indiana been moved to North Korea or did someone slip some magic mushrooms into my dinner?
Dropbox Lied to Users About Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges
Dropbox, the wildly popular online storage system, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher.
The FTC complaint charges Dropbox (.pdf) with telling users that their files were totally encrypted and even Dropbox employees could not see the contents of the file. Ph.D. student Christopher Soghoian published data last month showing that Dropbox could indeed see the contents of files, putting users at risk of government searches, rogue Dropbox employees, and even companies trying to bring mass copyright-infringement suits.
Soghoian, who spent a year working at the FTC, charges that Dropbox “has and continues to make deceptive statements to consumers regarding the extent to which it protects and encrypts therir data,” which amounts to a deceptive trade practice that can be investigated by the FTC.
Imagine that…selling a secure service that isn’t…one that allows employees, or anyone else, to view your “encrypted” data.
I think it’s time for Dropbox’s 25 million customers to take their business elsewhere.
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