As Ars’ own Tim Lee wrote in November, “ECPA requires a warrant to obtain freshly sent e-mail before it's been opened by the recipient. But once an e-mail has been opened, or once it has been sitting in the recipient's e-mail box for 180 days, a lower standard applies. These rules simply don't line up with the way modern e-mail systems work.” … [Read more...] about Google stands up for Gmail users, requires cops to get a warrant
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Applied to a Google user, a pen register would likely record who that user was sending e-mail to. A corresponding “trap and trace order” would likely include metadata from e-mails received. Secure e-mail service Lavabit recently received such an order prior to its shutdown. As Google defines them, its "pen register orders" also include "trap and trace orders." … [Read more...] about In 6 months, US law enforcement asked Google for data on 21,000 users
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave coronavirus tests to 76 people in a different facility on March 13th, and 23 of those tests were positive. Only 10 of those people had symptoms on the day they were tested, according to data published today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The remaining 13 did not appear to have symptoms on the day they were tested, but 10 developed symptoms — including fever and cough — one week later. … [Read more...] about Nursing home residents tested positive for the coronavirus before showing symptoms
The test uses Abbott’s small, portable ID NOW platform, and doesn’t have to be sent to a central lab for analysis. Instead, it can be done directly in an emergency room or urgent care clinic, which could cut down on the days-long wait time some patients now face for test results. Doctors could take a swab from a patient’s nose or throat and insert it directly into the machine, and have results within 15 minutes (it can take up to 13 minutes if the sample is negative for the virus). … [Read more...] about A new COVID-19 test can return results in 5 minutes
As cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ballooned last month, people in Europe and North America scrambled to get their hands on surgical masks to protect themselves. Health officials jumped in to discourage them, worried about the limited supply of masks for health care personnel. “Seriously people-STOP BUYING MASKS!” began a 29 February tweet from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. The World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both said that only people with COVID-19 symptoms and those caring for them should wear masks. … [Read more...] about Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?