David McCabe Aug 15
Tech companies push for privacy update at SCOTUS
Facebook, Apple and Google want the Supreme Court to update its understanding of privacy laws in light of new technology.
- Context: The companies were among the firms that filed a brief in a case challenging a warrantless search for certain data that points to a cell phone's location.
- Here's the key quote: "Although amici do not take a position on the outcome of this case, they believe the Court should refine the application of certain Fourth Amendment doctrines to ensure that the law realistically engages with Internet-based technologies and with people's expectations of privacy in their digital data."
- Why it matters: The court is taking up a major question of how you handle privacy law at a time when everyone owns a smartphone.