The Supreme Court appears poised to overturn decades of precedent to expand online privacy rights. For years, the interpretation of the Fourth Amendment has assumed that any information given to a third party loses all protection. But in the new online world, these antiquated notions would make almost all online activity open to government inspection without a warrant. I was at oral arguments on Wednesday in Carpenter v. United States, and this seemed too much for many of the Supreme Court justices.
Devin Watkins is an attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Devin Watkins previously worked at the Cato Institute as a legal associate and interned at the Institute for Justice.