Expectation of Privacy

In today’s episode Chuck talks about an upcoming case being heard by the United States Supreme Court about Expectation of Privacy which could impact your Fourth Amendment Rights.

What are you opinions on the Expectation of Privacy discussed in the video?

Expectation of Privacy Video Transcript

Hi friends!

I read something today in the USA Today and it has to do with the fourth amendment which protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

There is a case being argued before the United State’s Supreme Court on November 29th I believe it is, and this deals with a fellow who was accused of bank robberies. Apparently, without a warrant, the police department  in this city received all of the cell phone records. The tower records to be exact, approximately four months worth, a hundred every day from either Verizon or AT&T, without a warrant.

They received the information of where the suspect went every single minute of his day essentially when his cell phone was being carried with him. As a result of that information they were able to pinpoint his location, and identify him through these records as the alleged armed robber. The case is being decided before the supreme court to see if someone has an expectation of privacy relative to them just carrying their phone with them.

We’re not talking about the information on the phone so much. We’re talking about carrying the phone and the location services on the phone. Believe it or not, even when your phone is turned off, the cell towers can triangulate your location for all sorts of purposes. Even with your cell phone off. The only way that that stops is if the battery is dead.

So the Supreme Court is going to hear arguments from the United State’s government that says there is no expectation of privacy because of what is called a third party doctrine. That is, you’ve purchased this device, and Verizon let’s say is your carrier. The third party doctrine means that you are giving information to a third party, therefore you don’t have an expectation of privacy relative to not only the data on your phone, but your location.

Obviously the defendant’s attorneys are arguing that there was an expectation of privacy, therefore they couldn’t use that information without a search warrant.

I’d like to hear what you think about those issues. Keep in mind, the more digital the world becomes, the more high tech the world becomes, the less privacy we can expect from all sorts of devices. For example, Google searches, that information is stored. Using Siri, apparently Apple stores your voice asking Siri a question. You’re talking about fit bits, even grocery shopping, Amazon. This is information (data) that is stored by these companies that is easily reachable by all sorts of people.

Whether they are doing marketing or looking to see what your habits are. That’s why sometimes when you are on Facebook ads will popup relative to something you are interested in. So what do you think about that? What do you think about your information being used to that extent? And do you believe that if you pass your information out to third parties that it should be able to be used for marketing purposes or used against you?

I’d like to know what you have to say about that.

Thank you.