Barry F. Friedman
A New York Times op-ed piece discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Carpenter v. United States, which ruled that the government must now have probable cause and a warrant to access cellphone location records. This decision coincides with the rapidly increasing use of technology by law enforcement agencies to monitor people while also raising additional questions about privacy guidelines and the scope of the Fourth Amendment.
The op-ed piece argues that while the growing use of policing technology has some benefits, the potential for negative impact is much greater. It goes on to suggest the need for “rules that maximize the use of the technology of which we approve but that sharply curtail the risks.”