A Week in Review - February 12th, 2016

The US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded Kolbe v Maryland back to District Court, with instructions to apply strict scrutiny as their standard of review.  In a 2-1 ruling, they held that "Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment - 'the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home' - and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions, to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard of review.


US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, acknowledged that agents "may take advantage of devices connected to the internet... for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.”  In other words, your smart TV's voice-activated remote is listening to your household's personal conversations and may be sharing it with government agencies, which appear to have lost all interest in things like search warrants. The article also states that "[l]ast year, it was demonstrated that an internet-connected Barbie doll could be hacked to spy on children."