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Justices Appear To Favor More Restraints on Government Access to Digital Information

By Robert Barnes, washingtonpost.com, 11-29-17

A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed to agree Wednesday that the abundance of private information available about Americans in the digital age might require new restraints on government’s ability to access it.

In the specific case before the court, these new limits could require law enforcement officials to prove more to a judge about suspected criminal wrongdoing before they are able to collect cell-tower records, which can provide a detailed record of a person’s whereabouts.

But the justices indicated that the explosion of digital information, which is transforming Americans’ expectation of privacy, is raising a wide range of legal issues.

“This is an open box,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said.  “We know not where we go.” » Read More

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