Fourth Amendment Rights of Cell Phone Users Reinforced by Judiciary

Posted on August 7, 2015

Last Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “third party doctrine”—a legal theory that revokes Fourth Amendment protections from private information that’s held by a company—does not apply to cell phone users.

The decision is a breakthrough for privacy advocates as it marks the first time a court review has resonated with civil libertarians on surveillance issues.

Glenn Greenwald’s website, The Intercept, has more on the ruling and its potential repercussions, including a possible Supreme Court hearing, here.