Saturday, December 2, 2017

Your digital privacy rights will be redefined by this Supreme Court case
The FBI arrested the man, Timothy Carpenter, largely based on location data from his cell phone that put him within two miles of the crimes. While those records pieced together an exhaustive picture of Carpenter’s every move over nearly half a year, the feds didn’t need a warrant to obtain them because of a legal theory related to the Fourth Amendment known as the “third-party doctrine.” 
When Carpenter voluntarily turned his cell phone data over to a third party — in this case a cell-phone service provider — he lost any “reasonable expectation of privacy,” the theory goes. And the third-party doctrine doesn’t just apply to cell phone data, but private images, healthcare information, and in some circumstances, even phone calls.