Fourth Amendment

State of Surveillance

Supreme Court Says Cops Need to Get a Warrant to Get Your Phone Location Data

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court changed the course of history, siding with privacy activists and giving Americans stronger privacy protections in the digital age.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

ICE Agents Should Know the Law, but They're Fine with Warrantless Raids

A leaked training manual says officers should be familiar with Fourth Amendment procedures. So what explains their aggressive actions on a New York farm?
Eoin Higgins
supreme court

The Future of Digital Privacy Will Be Determined by This Radio Shack Robbery Case

Law enforcement obtained 127 days worth of cellphone records from Timothy Carpenter without a warrant. The Supreme Court will decide now if that was legal.
Louise Matsakis

Liberty Might Be Better Served by Doing Away with Privacy

If tech is surveilling us constantly, we need the ability to use it to watch the watchers.
Zoltan Istvan

Should Hacking a Tor User to Get an IP Address Require a Warrant?

Judges are divided on whether the FBI grabbing dark web users' IPs constitutes a search.
Joseph Cox

Court Rules the FBI Does Not Need a Warrant to Hack a Computer

Activists argue the ruling could have serious implications for how law enforcement is able to conduct remote searches.
Joseph Cox
washington dc

A Federal Court Sided with the NSA Today

The judges overturned a decision that found bulk phone data collection unconstitutional.
Kari Paul

How the Justice Department Spies on You From the Air

A Wall Street Journal report has revealed that cell-spoofing technology isn't limited to land-based Stingrays.
Jason Koebler

Strippers Are Suing the San Diego Police for Making Them Pose for Photos in Their Underwear

Working on the San Diego Police Department's vice squad is like being a fraternity bro with a gun holster—which is why 30 strippers are now suing the SDPD for what they call harassment from the cops.
Arielle Pardes

The Victim of a Police Raid over a Parody Twitter Account Is Filing a Lawsuit

The ACLU is going after the mayor of Peoria, Illinois.
Justin Glawe

How a Power-Mad Illinois Mayor Launched a Police Crusade Against a Parody Twitter Account

Peoria city officials apparently don't understand the First Amendment.
Justin Glawe
Motherboard Blog

A Grassroots Campaign Wants to Use the Fourth Amendment to Shut Off the NSA’s Water Supply

The Off Now campaign to cut off services to data centres has spread to ten states.
Tristan James