Calling it “the most massive breach of the attorney-client privilege in modern US history”, the American Civil Liberties Union told The Intercept that while prisoners lose many of their constitutional rights, the right to speak privately with an attorney – related to the Sixth Amendment – must be protected. Today, the Intercept published a report on Securus Technologies-a jail telephone service provider that is heretofore best known for gouging the shit out of detainees and their families-based on a cache of metadata and recordings of tens of millions of calls provided to the outlet by an anonymous hacker. According to The Intercept, the hacker was concerned that inmates’ constitutional rights had been violated and submitted the phone records to the online news organization. The breach highlights two major issues, the first being that Securus’ systems aren’t as well protected as they claim; the second is that the current system for preventing attorneys’ calls from being recorded isn’t watertight. (The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s offender phone system is subcontracted to Securus, according to a TDCJ spokesman). “Although this investigation is ongoing, we have seen no evidence that records were shared as a result of a technology breach or hack into […]
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