Table of Contents - June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Says Warrants Needed for Historical Cell-Site Location Data

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that a warrant based on probable cause is generally needed before law enforcement agents can obtain historical cell-site location information (CSLI). The decision is likely to pave the way for the protection under the Fourth Amendment of other digital data, according to supporters of the ruling.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the decision for the majority and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote a dissenting opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.; Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion; Justice Alito wrote a dissenting opinion and was joined by Justice Thomas; and Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote a dissenting opinion.

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