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Fourth Circuit Opinion on Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Cites Maryland Carey Law Faculty

An opinion recently issued by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed that gathering information from warrantless cell phone searches violates the “reasonable expectation of privacy” to which Americans are entitled.

Senior Fourth Circuit Judge Andre Davis ’78 authored the opinion, citing the work of Professors Renée Hutchins, David Gray and Danielle Citron. The ruling in Graham v. U.S. disagreed with previous rulings by the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits which held that the process of gathering cell-location data without a warrant did not violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

A recent article in The Atlantic briefly summarizes the opinion.


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