Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Consumer Privacy, ITIF Says

June 22, 2018

WASHINGTON—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today in Carpenter v. United States, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading science and tech policy think tank, issued the following statement from Vice President Daniel Castro:

Time and again, we see that the biggest threat to consumer privacy is not what data companies collect about individuals, but whether the government forces companies to turn over that data without protecting the civil liberties of its citizens. Today’s ruling rightly concluded that the Fourth Amendment protections apply to the detailed historical location data collected by mobile carriers about their users and that law enforcement must show probable cause to obtain a warrant that requires companies to turn over this information. This ruling will uphold consumer’s legitimate expectations of privacy and is sufficiently targeted and narrow to avoid having negative repercussions on emerging technologies.