Bill of Rights in the News: Searching for the Fourth Amendment

The steady march of science and technology has a way of bringing settled law into new areas, challenging what was once convention. An upcoming court case involves just such a predicament – whether or not the government can search your laptop or cell phone without a warrant at border crossings. While it’s long been accepted that the government can search people entering the country, does that also imply to email or text messages? Another case is the use of ‘full body scanners’ by the TSA, which use a type of sensor to create an image of a person, arguably searching them.

Explore these and other current issues related to the Fourth Amendment in this week’s eLesson, and learn more about constitutional safeguards at the Due Process Central section of our website.

Do you think that changing technology requires new laws? Or does it simply require the application of existing ones?

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