Privacy and the Courts

The Supreme court recently voted 9-0 in United States v. Jones that GPS surveillance of cars violates the 4th Amendment to the Constitution which outlaws unreasonable search and seizure. NYU law professor Barry Friedman says the wording of the decision and previous decisions are leading to a narrower definition of privacy and a country where many things, like conversations, that were once private are now available in court cases. With the internet and computers, more aspects of our lives are available to the public and evidence in court can include emails and Facebook postings. As details of our lives continually move online, how much privacy should we expect? What should be considered an unreasonable search and should the definition change over time?

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