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.”

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Barry Friedman

Reporter, Policing Principles

Barry Friedman is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU Law.  He is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and the forthcoming book on policing and the Constitution, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission(February 2017). He is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project.

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