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Monday, September 24, 2012

"Do Users of Wi-Fi Networks Have Fourth Amendment Rights Against Government Interception?"

Orin Kerr has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy. In part:

Does governmental interception and analysis of the contents of a person’s wi-fi traffic constitute a Fourth Amendment search? And does it depend on whether the traffic is encrypted or unencrypted?

The answer turns out to be surprisingly murky. Because the Wiretap Act has been thought to protect wireless networks, the Fourth Amendment issue has not come up: There’s a surprising lack of caselaw on it. Second, there are plausible arguments on either side of the debate both for encrypted and unencrypted transmissions.

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