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The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

May 10, 2017 By Jim Harper

In this excerpt from our new Digital Privacy initiative, Jim Harper from the Competitive Enterprise Institute critiques current Fourth Amendment doctrine and calls on courts to adopt a new approach that hews closely to the Fourth Amendment’s text.

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The Fourth Amendment: Cars, Phones, and Keys?

April 26, 2014 By Jim Harper

Jim Harper from the Cato Institute, in this commentary, argues that police may rightly seize possession of your phone or car, but they may not put those items to whatever use they please.

Fourth Amendment law is at a crossroads

March 12, 2014 By Jim Harper

In this commentary, Cato's Jim Harper says the Supreme Court needs to carefully consider how police search the contents of cellphones in two huge cases the Justices will hear in April.

To administer the Fourth Amendment, recognize reasonable searches and seizures

September 20, 2013 By Jim Harper

Jim Harper from the Cato Institute says the best way to determine if a search or seizure is constitutional is to just use the ordinary meanings of the words in the Fourth Amendment.

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