Welcome back to What’s Next, where we report on the intersection of law and technology. In today’s newsletter, we have a peak at a dystopian border battle brewing in San Francisco. Plus, online scammers are now posing as Big Law HR in a new bid to part people from their money. And there could be a new way to sway a potential jury pool. All of that and more, below.
Dystopia at the Border
We’ve written before about the limited rights travelers to the U.S. have at the border—especially if they happen to be non-U.S. citizens suspected of leading a dark-web drug marketplace. But the issue is coming to the fore again after an Apple employee, who previously was the chief technology officer of Mozilla, was detained and interrogated at San Francisco International Airport after refusing to unlock his devices. Andreas Gal, who is a U.S. citizen, wrote publicly about his ordeal online earlier this month:
“I wasn’t sure what the legal definition of an unreasonable search and seizure was, but three armed men detaining me, threatening me, and refusing to allow me to consult with an attorney definitely felt like one. [...] If the government intended to scare me, they certainly succeeded. Ever since, I travel in fear.”
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