The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
On March 2 the Supreme Court
Earlier this week, Chief Justice John Roberts, addressed students at the Brigham Young University. According to a press account of the event:
Emerging technologies can create new questions about old laws. For example, imaging technology exists that allows law enforcement officers to see through walls. "Is that an unlimited search and seizure?" Roberts asked.
"Stanford Law School’s (SLS) Center for Internet and Society Junior Affiliate Scholar and outgoing Lecturer in Law Morgan Weiland has been awarded the 2018 Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy for her 2017 article, “Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition.” The article, published in the Stanford Law Review in May 2017, uncovers a new theory undergirding the First Amendment’s expansion to include commercial and corporate speech.
"But technology has slightly changed since then. Elizabeth Joh, a University of California, Davis, law professor who studies policing and surveillance, told me most people don’t realize the data they create when using everyday devices could someday be used against them by law enforcement. In fact, they probably don’t know much about their data at all. “Number one, we’re not really aware most of the time how much information we’re providing to these third parties,” Joh said.
"The ripples from Riley may extend to the NSA’s surveillance practices, too, says Jennifer Granick, director of Civil Liberties at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. She points out that the NSA has used the same third-party doctrine arguments to justify its collection of Americans’ phone data under section 215 of the Patriot Act. “What will this mean for the NSA’s bulk collection of call detail records and other so-called ‘metadata’?” she asks in a blog post.
"Brian Pascal, a research fellow at the University of California, Hastings, told Ars that he didn’t think that this new ruling would impact metadata gathered via stingrays. “The [Supreme] Court likes to move in small steps, and recognizing that people keep sensitive information on their cell phones is a trivially small step in 2014,” he said."