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What You Need to Know about the Third-Party Doctrine

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Author
John Villasenor - Affiliate, CISAC

Published by
The Atlantic, December 30, 2013


Affiliate John Villasenor explains how the American legal framework has not yet caught up to technological progress and how the U.S. Supreme Court may reconsider legal privacy decisions that have been on the books since the 1970s. 

Villasenor explains why legal experts and some Supreme Court justices are becoming increasingly concerned about the third-party doctrine, which allows the government to access any information voluntarily given to a third party without a warrant. In an interconnected world of cloud-based services, GPS and pocket-sized technology, expectations about personal privacy may need to be reconsidered.