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New York lawmakers want local cops to get warrant before using...

Enlarge / Cops.Erland Grøtberg / Getty Images News reader comments 7 Share this story The New York Civil Liberties Union is pushing a new state bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant prior to deploying a cell-site simulator, or stingray.

The bill also includes other new restrictions. Cell-site simulators, or fake cell towers, are often used by police to locate criminal suspects by tricking their phones into giving up their location.
In some cases, simulators can also be used to intercept phone calls and text messages. Use of these devices has been heavily scrutinized in recent years—in September 2015, the Department of Justice said it would require its federal agents to seek a warrant before deployment. The proposed law was inspired by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California’s successful efforts in 2015.

The New York law was introduced in 2016, but it didn’t get far. New York Assembly Bill 1895 was re-introduced on January 13, 2017 but hasn’t had any hearings as of yet.

To become law, the bill would have to pass the Assembly and the state Senate before being signed by the governor. The bill, which was first reported by ZDNET, doesn’t mention stingrays specifically. However, it specifically forbids law enforcement from accessing “electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device” unless they have a warrant.

There are a few narrow exceptions, such as exigent circumstances. Support building The bill has been supported by a number of tech companies and advocacy organizations, including Dropbox, Facebook, Yelp, and others. “It heightens the awareness of privacy rights and the need to have state protections around these issues,” Rashida Richardson, an NYCLU attorney, told Ars. In March 2015, the NYCLU won a lawsuit forcing the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) to hand over documents concerning the purchase and use of stingrays.

The organization also passed a similar bill in Connecticut. “After the election, it is more important than ever that states take the lead in updating privacy protections,” a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars by e-mail. She went on: The New York legislation would bring the law up to date so that privacy safeguards long in place for physical documents would apply in the online world as well.

And it would ensure that when law enforcement agents want to use invasive new surveillance technologies such as stingrays, they do so only after they’ve obtained a warrant. Neither the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union nor the Police Benevolent Association of New York State immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment.

Doctor: my hometown has basically banned drones entirely, so I’m suing

Lee Hutchinsonreader comments 14 Share this story A doctor and drone enthusiast from Newton, Massachusetts has sued his hometown, arguing that a new local ordinance restricting drone flights, is unconstitutional. In the suit, Michael Singer v.

City of Newton
, which was filed in federal court in Massachusetts last Tuesday, the plaintiff argued that the city has effectively banned drones over the entire town.
In short, he argues that Newton, which sits about seven miles west of downtown Boston, doesn't have the authority to regulate drones in this manner and that his First and Fourth Amendment rights, among others, are being violated. The lawsuit gets to the heart of a question that continues to bubble up in the age of personal, inexpensive drones: to what degree can individuals and municipalities restrict drone use? The new Newton ordinance, which was passed in December 2016, specifically bans sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems), or drone flights over private property at or below 400 feet without the property owner’s permission.

The law also requires that all drones be registered with the city.

The ordinance further stipulates that drones cannot "conduct surveillance," or capture video, still imagery, audio recordings, anywhere that people on the ground would have a "reasonable expectation of privacy." As Singer, who is representing himself in the lawsuit, wrote: Defendant crafted the "below 400 feet" restriction as a precise counterpart to the [Federal Aviation Administration’s] "higher than 400 feet" restriction, such that the two rules, concurrently applied, would presumptively prohibit sUAS over most of the land area of Newton, Massachusetts. It's a tad bit late The best case-law on the issue dates back to 1946, long before inexpensive consumer drones were technically feasible.

That year, the Supreme Court ruled in a case known as United States v.

that a farmer in North Carolina could assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air. However, the court declined to impose a firm limit as to how high a property owner’s claims go into the sky. Another lawsuit, Boggs v. Merideth, which is currently progressing in federal court in Kentucky, aims to force a court to make the determination on trespassing. "Right now, no one knows where to draw the line, but it’s important for the courts to draw the line," James Mackler, a Tennessee attorney who is representing Boggs, told Ars. "That’s why these lawsuits are important, because otherwise we’re not going to get there.
If you climb over someone’s fence you know that’s trespassing." In an e-mail interview with Ars, Singer explained that he is an entrepreneur, who wishes to provide medical services via drone. He’s concerned that national airspace could "become hopelessly fragmented" if local laws like this are allowed to stand. "As a practical matter, the Ordinance will ban commercial UAV operations from our city," he wrote. "Consider an aerial video service hired to fly a simple, unobtrusive, circular route around a property for a real estate agent.

The service can try, as the ordinance now requires, to contact the city and every homeowner under the planned flight path.

But will they all agree to the flight? What if the pilot needs to deviate from the planned flight path for safety reasons? Now suppose you’re an entrepreneur like me who wants to provide medical services, or for that matter, any kind of rapid response. You have no time to seek permission.

The city has grounded your business before it can even spread its wings." Regulators Other cities have already tried to restrict how and where drones can fly. Nearly a year ago, lawmakers in West Hollywood, California voted to regulate drone flights after one crashed into a power line. Last year, a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures noted that in Nevada, property owners now have the right to sue for trespass for any drone operator who flies at a height of less than 250 feet over that property, and if the owner has warned the pilot once before.
Similarly, a law in Oregon also allows for civil suits, but the height requirement is less than 400 feet.

Ars is not aware of any civil complaints that have been filed in those states as a result. A similar 2016 report from the National League of Cities highlighted that at least seven states—Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia—have passed laws that forbid municipalities in those states from regulating drones. Neither the FAA nor the Newton City Solicitor’s office responded to Ars’ request for comment. "In sum, I believe that airspace and aircraft should be regulated by our nation's aviation experts—the FAA—not by a band of small-town politicians," Singer concluded. The case has been assigned to US District Judge William G. Young, but no hearings have been scheduled yet.

Hackers Target Sundance Film Festival

Local and online box offices were temporarily knocked offline Saturday.

America's largest independent film festival became the target of a cyber attack over the weekend.

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Friday in Park City, Utah, with movie premieres, midnight showings, and a network failure.

"Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office," a spokesman told Variety, adding that "all screenings will still take place as planned."

The official Twitter account on Saturday promised that "our team is working hard to get our systems back up [as soon as possible]." Within an hour, the Salt Lake City and Gateway box offices were "back up and running," and online ticketing for future shows was quickly restored.

Update: The Salt Lake City Box Office is back up and running. #SLC #Sundance

— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017

Update: Online ticketing for future shows is back up. #Sundance

— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017

Update: The Festival Box Office at Gateway in #ParkCity is now up and running. #Sundance

— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017

"Our artist's [sic] voices will be heard and the show will go on," the organizers tweeted.

The hack, according to Variety, occurred around noon MT (2 p.m. ET)—shortly after comedian Chelsea Handler led a Women's March in Park City in protest of Donald Trump. It was also the same day as several big premieres, including films about war, terrorism, Chinese dissonance, doping in sports, and race and class in America.

It remains unclear whether the incidents were related, or how many Festival guests were affected by the box office interruptions. The Sundance Institute did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

This month's showcase includes the premiere of Dear Angelica, the first animated experience created entirely in virtual reality, according to Oculus, whose in-house Story Studio produced the movie—available for Rift owners to download from the Oculus app store.