This Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in a case that, as an article in the Nov. 27, 2017, New York Times describes it, “could spur a new era in digital privacy.”
While the case, Carpenter v. United States, had its origins in a “run-of-the-mill purse snatching,” according to the Washington Post, it has morphed into “the most important Fourth Amendment case we’ve seen in a generation.” Thus asserts Nathan Freed Wessler in a USA Today article. Mr. Wessler is the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue the case on Wednesday.
According to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2016, the Question Presented is: “Whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cell phone records revealing the location and movements of a cell phone user over the course of 127 days is permitted by the Fourth Amendment.”
If you would like to place this landmark case in context, Chicago-Kent’s Law Library has resources that may be of interest to you. Some examples are the following:
Cybersecurity Law by Jeff Kosseff. An ebook published in 2017, it discusses the Stored Communications Act on the following pages:
- Section 2701 278–279
- Section 2702 279–284
- Section 2703 284–286
- full text 461–476
Privacy Law in a Nutshell. Published in 2014, it is located on the 10th floor of the law library.