Sunday June 26, 2016

The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer

A court has ruled that a warrant is not required for the government to hack into your computer. As noted, there seems to be a dangerous trend of people making far-reaching decisions concerning technology they don’t fully understand.

The implications for the decision, if upheld, are staggering: law enforcement would be free to remotely search and seize information from your computer, without a warrant, without probable cause, or without any suspicion at all. To say the least, the decision is bad news for privacy. But it's also incorrect as a matter of law, and we expect there is little chance it would hold up on appeal. (It also was not the central component of the judge's decision, which also diminishes the likelihood that it will become reliable precedent.)