The question of digital privacy and the 4th amendment’s reasonable expectations of privacy was addressed in the case of Carpenter v. United States. The Court found the government’s warrantless acquisition of Timothy Carpenter’s cell-site records violated his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. Going forward, a warrant would be required. The ruling was narrow and applied only to historical cell-site location records. Considering a cell phone is almost a “feature of human anatomy,” did the Court go far enough or too far? Should there be greater privacy protections or greater opportunities for law enforcement to track those involved in illegal activities.
link to case – https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/585/16-402/