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Judge issues landmark decision after Google Translate tricked a man into giving consent to police

8 monthes ago   |   By TheBoyGeniusReport

Google Translate can do many things. One thing it can't do, according to a judge - help you provide constitutionally-required consent to a police officer.
A court in Kansas earlier this month ruled in the case of Omar Cruz-Zamora, a native of Mexico who was in the U.S. on a visa. He was arrested for possessing cocaine and methamphetamine after consenting to a police search of his car. His attorneys filed a motion to suppress the evidence. Why? Google Translate, they argued, didn't meet the threshold of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
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Judge says ‘literal but nonsensical' Google translation isn't consent for police search

Judge says ‘literal but nonsensical' Google translation isn't consent for police search

8 monthes ago   |   By TechCrunch

Machine translation of foreign languages is undoubtedly a very useful thing, but if you're going for anything more than directions or recommendations for lunch, its shallowness is a real barrier. And when it comes to the law and constitutional rights, a “good enough” translation doesn't cut it, a judge has ruled.
The ruling is not hugely consequential, but it is indicative of the evolving place in which translation apps find themselves in our lives and legal system. We are fortunate to live in a multilingual society, but for the present and foreseeable future it seems humans are still...
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