Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

"“This is a pretty big deal for law enforcement,” says Jonathan Mayer, a Stanford fellow in computer science and law whose research into Google’s circumvention of cookie-blocking technology helped to spark the class action as well as the search giant’s $17 million settlement with 37 states on the issue. “The punchline is that if the FBI or any law enforcement agency wants to to look at your web history, they’ll have to get a warrant for a wiretap order,” which requires proving a tougher standard of “probable cause” to a judge than would be necessary for collecting mere metadata."