Your Digital Trail: Does the Fourth Amendment Protect Us? ran an article discussing the different implications that technology has had on the scope of the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure of “papers and effects,” but legal analysts say that the age of computers has greatly diminished the power of the Amendment. Searches and seizures that once required a warrant now require only a subpoena, which is far easier to get. The change is based upon the logic that, by giving certain companies access to information, individuals forfeit their right to keep that information private. To read the full article (which is part of a 4-part discussion on people’s digital trail and who has access to it) here is the full article.

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