Sunday, November 6, 2011

Supreme Court Must Uphold 4th Amendment Protections in the Social Media Age

This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v. Jones regarding whether installing a GPS device on a suspect's car without a warrant is constitutional. This case may have far reaching ramifications in the Social Media Age because it may create the foundation to determine whether electronic data in various platforms may be protected by the 4th Amendment.

On April 29, 2010 and July 25, 2010, I discussed how Congress may pass the Social Media Privacy Protection Act. This act may be able to protect our electronic content from unreasonable searches and seizures in the Social Media Age. Last month, I discussed how California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed legislation that would have required a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested in California. If the Supreme Court does not set limits on how the police may deploy electronic tracking devices I would not be surprised if Congress steps in to address this matter.

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