Dissecting SCOTUS’ Ruling in Carpenter


In Carpenter v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Fourth Amendment requires the government to get a search warrant to obtain Cell-Site Location Information (CSLI) from wireless carriers. CSLI reveals the location of a cell phone based upon the cell towers that the cell phone is using to obtain a signal. Carpenter marks an important and noteworthy change of course in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.

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