Cell phone privacy data victory! U.S. Justice Foundation brief on winning side in Supreme Court.

August 1, 2018 @

The United States Justice Foundation is celebrating a major Fourth Amendment victory at the United States Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Justice Foundation and ruled in favor of greater constitutional protections from warrantless government searches of cell phone data. USJF filed an amicus briefin the case, Carpenter v. United States, in an effort to persuade justices of the importance of preserving property rights in the digital era.

“A person does not surrender all Fourth Amendment protection by venturing into the public sphere,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his majority opinion. “We decline to grant the state unrestricted access to a wireless carrier’s database of physical location information.”

The decision will require law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before accessing extensive geolocation tracking data from a cellphone.

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