01.23.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Supreme Court Decision In United States v. Jones

“The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today in U.S. v. Jones is a victory for privacy rights and for civil liberties in the digital age.  The Court’s determination that the government must obtain a search warrant before attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s car to monitor that suspect’s location highlights the many new privacy threats posed by new technologies and the pressing need to update our federal privacy laws.  Last year, I introduced legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, so that this law remains viable in the digital age.  Congress must now do its part to enact this legislation, so that our federal privacy laws keep pace with technology and protect the interests of our nation’s citizens, law enforcement community, and thriving technology sector.” 

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