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As explained in the article below, there is an upcoming US Supreme Court case, Carpenter v. US.

“On Wednesday, the supreme court will consider whether the government must obtain a warrant before accessing the rich trove of data that cellphone providers collect about cellphone users’ movements. Among scholars and campaigners, there is broad agreement that the case could yield the most consequential privacy ruling in a generation.”

Let’s contrast this with the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Of course they need a warrant. How far have we fallen?

This is incrementalism at work. Spend decades chiseling away at the Bill of Rights and then the obvious becomes not so obvious for many people. That’s the point of incrementalism: the slow and steady process of making the illegal legal.

No one can predict the Court, but some of the more statist justices, those who side with power over people whenever the opportunity presents itself, are more predictable.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/27/supreme-court-cellphone-data-carpenter-first-amendment

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