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Judge Denies iPhone Search Request, Multicultural Emojis Coming Soon

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD on March 28, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

It's Friday, and we're ready for the weekend, so we thought a good roundup of legal tech news was in order. Today, we hear a court's concern for the sweeping government requests for searching electronic data, the Government gives procrastinators a break, and Apple gets multicultural -- with its emojis, that is.

Judge Denies Request to Search iPhone

A few weeks ago, a college student found himself in trouble with the FBI after he bragged about making ricin, having learned to make it from an online search on his iPhone. The Government requested a search warrant to search the student's iPhone and Judge Facciola of the District Court for the District of Columbia denied the request for a warrant because the request was overbroad, reports Ars Technica.

The court noted, that the Government's "applications ask for the entire universe of information tied to a particular account, even if it has established probable cause only for certain information." He added: "This Court should not be placed in the position of compelling Apple to divine what the government actually seeks. Until this Application is clarified, it will be denied."

Prosecutors are going to need to brush up on their technical jargon, because the judge stated, use of technical markers "seems to be the only way to enforce the particularity requirement commanded by the Fourth Amendment." With the privacy of digital files increasingly a hot topic for debate, we wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a trend in more courts.

Health Exchange Deadline Extensions

Because of the lingering difficulties (and procrastination) of many people trying to enroll in healthcare exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that they will extend the March 31 deadline for people who have at least begun the enrollment process by the 31st, reports Ars Technica.

Apple Announces Multicultural Emoji

Perhaps it's in recognition of the upcoming anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or maybe it's just purely coincidence, but Apple has announced that it will be introducing more multicultural emoji in response to growing demand for a more diverse set of icons, reports The Washington Post.

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