Fourth Amendment

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” 

- U.S. Const. amend. IV. 

NACDL seeks to ensure that the Fourth Amendment remains a vibrant protection against encroachments on the privacy of the individual through litigation and public advocacy. The Fourth Amendment is the appropriate starting point for assessing the limits on government intrusion into one’s privacy, and its protections must continue to thrive in the digital age. The Fourth Amendment and its guarantees should not turn on the medium used to transmit private information, nor on how the information is stored. NACDL strives to guarantee that evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment is excluded in a court of law.

NEW! NACDL REPORT: Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations 

Highlights

News Of Interest

"Sixth Circuit creates circuit split on private search doctrine for computers," by Orin Kerr, Washington Post, May 20, 2015.

"NSA may need to begin winding down surveillance program this week," by Mike Debonis and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, May 20, 2015.

"Tech Giants Urge Obama to Reject Policies That Weaken Encryption," by Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, May 19, 2015.

"Republicans in showdown over NSA spy program," by Julian Hattem, The Hill, May 19, 2015.

"Lawmakers Divided Over McConnell's Desire To Extend Surveillance Plan," by Ailsa Chang, NPR, May 19, 2015.

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