Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment famously protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” As capabilities for government surveillance rapidly develope alongside technology, the amendment has consistently been at the center of discussions over privacy and the scope of state power. In particular, NSA bulk surveillance has recently triggered a debate on the constitutionality of warrantless bulk collection under the Fourth Amendment, and on what should be considered a “reasonable” search in an increasingly digital age.

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Fourth Amendment

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Carpenter v. United States

The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari in Carpenter v. United States, agreeing to review the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit holding that the Fourth Amendment permits the government to permissibly access cell-site records revealing the user's location without a warrant. The case implicates serious ongoing debates over Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and will likely make for a major Supreme Court decision.

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