Supreme Court Ruling Favors Future Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, the Supreme court issued a unanimous ruling prohibiting cellphone searches without a warrant, asserting that the information held in a cell phone nowadays is just as worthy of constitutional protection as other forms of personal information. The ruling suggests a new wave of legal guidelines to adapt to new surveillance technologies on the market. According to Brian Owsley, former magistrate judge,

These are highly intelligent individuals who are engaged in the world around them…Any time you get nine people on the Supreme Court saying something in one direction, that’s pretty impressive. . . . They’re all clearly taking a stand for the Fourth Amendment in light of privacy concerns.”

As pointed out by Chief Justice John Roberts, cellphones now have the ability to shoot video, store emails, web browse, etc., and have become such an important part in people’s daily lives that the devise are practically an extension of themselves. While it is often argued that the high level of globalization and speed of data developments is too advanced to be controlled by government, the decision reflects a willingness and future of continued attempts by the Supreme Court to continue to protect citizen’s rights.


Read more here- “Supreme Court Ruling Hints at Broader Curbs on Surveillance,” (Craig Timberg, The Washington Post)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.



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