Last month’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did little to protect personal privacy in the digital age, according to a New York Times editorial. In the case, the government obtained data from a defendant’s cell phone with the help of his cell phone provider. The majority said the defendant’s rights weren’t violated because he “did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data given off by his voluntarily procured pay-as-you-go cell phone.” Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled against warrantless GPS tracking, this case involved no physical trespass, the appeals court reasoned. But carrying a cell phone “should not obliterate privacy rights…” the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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