We’re ACLU lawyers going to the Supreme Court to defend cell phone privacy. AUA
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This month, the ACLU will be at the Supreme Court, arguing in a case that has historic implications for privacy in the digital age.
The case concerns whether the Fourth Amendment provides protection when police seek a person’s cell phone location records. In 2011, federal investigators obtained more than four months of Timothy Carpenter’s cell phone location data from his service provider without a search warrant during a criminal investigation in Detroit. The data revealed thousands of his location points. Because of an outdated legal theory, the government insists these records, along with the data generated by other popular technologies, aren’t covered by the Constitution’s safeguard against warrantless search and seizure.
Yet these records can reveal an incredible amount of private information and should absolutely be entitled to Fourth Amendment protection. The Supreme Court’s decision will set a precedent for years to come, making it crucial that it ensures that the police are subject to limits on search and seizure in the digital age.
Today you’ll chat with:
u/NWessler, Nate Wessler, ACLU attorney arguing the case at the Supreme Court
u/Granick, Jennifer Granick. ACLU surveillance and cybersecurity counsel