: One of the Biggest Privacy Wins in Recent Memory Has Been Reversed
. "The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to records held by a third party, such as a cellphone company." Here's a .pdf of the ruling
. It's clear, in reading this, that the headline above isn't correct. One can have some
expectation of privacy. Also, it's not a great privacy case. A party found guilty of multiple robberies appealed his conviction on grounds that cell phone evidence violated his Fourth Amendment rights (protecting folks from unreasonable searches and siezures), which were not raised in defense at trial. The cell phone company, Metro PCS, revealed only location data for the number used by the defendant, and little more. The court goes into some detail on the degrees to which privacies were respected and protected. Still, there's no bright line in here, and the dissent is good. Scroll all the way down for that.