Chris Ott of Davis Wright Tremaine writes:
On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court appeared to establish a new standard for privacy rights when its decision in Carpenter v. United States, 2018 BL 222220 (2018) , held that the government’s acquisition of a defendant’s historical cell-site location information (CSLI) from a third party constituted a Fourth Amendment search. The public reaction to the ruling was swift and dramatic. But a closer look reveals significant gaps in the privacy protections created by the case. Far from defining a new era of privacy law, the decision provides a precariously narrow and potentially problematic precedent.
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