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: What's Old Is New Again: Retaining Fourth Amendment Protections in Warranted Digital Searches (Pre-Search Instructions and Post-Search Reasonableness) 

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News Of Interest

"Fourth Circuit Divides Over Warrantless GPS Tracking," by Mike Scarcella, The Blog of Legal Times, August 19, 2014.

"Typing errors led FBI/NSA to spy on wrong people," AOL News, August 15, 2014.

"Reagan-Era Order on Surveillance Violates Rights, Says Departing Aide," by Charlie Savage, The New York Times, August 13, 2014.

"No warrant needed to search trash, court rules in Minn. drug case," by David Chanen, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 11, 2014.

"Feds to study illegal use of spy gear," by Craig Timberg, The Washington Post, August 11, 2014.

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