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Hacker Case Could Test Limits on Electronic Searches

"It's permeating criminal investigations," said Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "What the government is arguing is that people increasingly use computers to further their crime and we have to search through everything, because criminals don't label their contraband."

Technology should allow government to more narrowly target searches of electronic data, said Fakhoury, a former federal public defender in Southern California.

"What the government is saying is the exact opposite, that the technology is so complicated, it's impossible to ferret out what is relevant or irrelevant," he said.

Friday, October 5, 2012
The Recorder

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