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Leading Internet Case Law

PRIVACY: Privacy and the third-party doctrine in the digital age

Carpenter v. United States1, 585 U.S., 138 S. Ct. 2206, US Supreme Court, 22 June 2018

On 22 June 2018, the US Supreme Court (‘the Court’) handed down its decision in a case that drew significant public attention and interest from various parties including privacy experts, law enforcement, the criminal defence bar and some of the largest technology service providers. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that law enforcement cannot access an individual’s historical cell-site location information (‘CSLI’) from a cell phone service provider without first obtaining a warrant supported by probable cause.

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