According to Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for privacy rights, the Supreme Court has historically been "very nervous about weighing in on the constitutionality" of particular technologies or searches. That means they've issued very limited decisions. And it means that they've tended to defer to the government's arguments rather than getting into the nuts and bolts of new technology.

Today's opinion, Fakhoury says, "is really one of the first decisions that actually tackled the technology head on."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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