Via ACLU – Today, law enforcement at the federal level and in most states say they don’t need to obtain a warrant before getting reams of sensitive data from companies about customers. In this case, cops got thousands of cell phone records about the whereabouts of one suspect, including information that likely revealed where and when he worshipped and where he was on a night he didn’t sleep at home. All without a warrant.
That’s possible because of 1970s-era rulings that say that when you hand over information to a third party – in this case, your cell phone provider – it’s no longer protected by the Fourth Amendment and police don’t need a warrant to search and seize it. That just doesn’t make sense in a world where we need to entrust cell providers, tech companies, banks, and other parties with so much intimate information about our lives.
You shouldn’t need to trade away the Constitution’s protections in order to use the conveniences of modern life. Soon, the Supreme Court could finally bring the law into compliance with our founding principles. Stay tuned.