Nonsequitur: … And Don’t Leave a Message

July 31, 2013


The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that authorities do NOT need a warrant to search cell phone records under the Stored Communications Act. Such searches do require a court order, but only have to demonstrate there are “reasonable grounds” to believe the information would be relevant to an investigation. This is a much less stringent standard than a warrant. Basically, the courts determined that cell phone users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, so the fourth amendment does not apply.


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