The Tech Tales That Shocked, Vexed, and Amazed Us in 2017


Supreme Court docket Hears Cellphone Location Case

In June, the Supreme Court docket agreed to listen to its first cellular phone location knowledge case. At problem is whether or not police want a warrant based mostly on possible trigger earlier than accessing cellular phone location data from wi-fi carriers.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is serving as co-counsel, argues that and not using a warrant, legislation enforcement is infringing on a defendant’s Fourth Modification proper to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The group is representing Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted of theft in Detroit, based mostly partly on months’ value of telephone location data the federal government obtained in 2011 and not using a possible trigger warrant.

Forward of oral arguments, a bunch of tech giants—together with Apple, Fb, Google, Twitter, and Verizon—filed a short with the Supreme Court docket arguing that the Fourth Modification “should adapt to the altering realities of the digital period.”

Arguments had been heard on Nov. 29, and in line with the New York Instances, “a majority of the justices appeared troubled by the federal government’s potential to amass troves of digital knowledge and not using a warrant.” We’ll have to attend a bit for the court docket’s closing resolution, however within the meantime, you’ll be able to take heed to the oral arguments right here.

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