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.

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SCOTUS: Strip Searches in Jail Okay, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

On April 2, NACDL's National Security Counsel Mason Clutter appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow invasive strip searches following arrests.


News Of Interest

"The Fourth Amendment Shell Game," by Julian Sanchez, Slate, April 11, 2014.

"11th Circuit nixes immunity for sheriff’s officers who recorded attorney-client conversation," by Martha Neil, ABA Journal, April 11, 2014.

" The need for computer-specific Fourth Amendment rules in the cell phone search cases," by Orin Kerr, The Washington Post, April 11, 2014.

"SEC Pressed To Support Email Privacy Reform," by Matt Sledge, The Huffington Post, April 10, 2014.

"At Feds’ request, GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi service added more spying capabilities," by Joe Silver, ArsTechnica, April 10, 2014.

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