William Krouse, CIPP/US, writes for Privacy Tracker about two cases on the U.S. Supreme Court docket addressing the more-than-30-year-old Stored Communications Act. Both cases involve more clearly defining the scope of the law. In Carpenter v. United States, the question is whether "government access to cell-site data is less intrusive than giving access to the content of a cellphone." And in United States v. Microsoft, the question is "whether a warrant has the territorial reach to compel Microsoft to hand over emails stored on a foreign server." Krouse notes, "The court’s decisions and interpretations in these two cases will have long-standing effects on the citizens and businesses of the United States. It would not be surprising if interpretations made by the court would in turn spur Congressional action to address wider privacy issues."
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