Courts Scrutinizing Warrants For Electronic Data

Law360, New York (October 4, 2017, 12:32 PM EDT) -- The widespread use of electronic record storage has made the search warrant a more powerful tool in the investigation of crimes than ever before — and courts are finally pushing back on its abuse by the government.

Most companies, and individuals, maintain their records electronically. Recent statistics indicate that more than 90 percent of Americans own a cellphone and nearly 75 percent own a computer. The information that can be gleaned from a search of our electronic devices is staggering: financial records, sensitive medical information, photographs, intimate conversations with friends and family. It seems that every day there is a new...

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