Short Circuit 257 | General Google Warrants

On this Groundhog Day special we’re sniffing out a couple eternally recurrent subjects: limits on government surveillance and limits on property rights. We’re joined by IJ’s Seth Young and also are very pleased to announce we once again have on Mike Chase, author of How to Become a Federal Criminal. Mike gives an overview of a case pending in the Fourth Circuit that could have major ramifications for everyone with a smart phone and a Google account—that is, everyone, period. After a bank robbery the police tried to track down a suspect using several layers of Google data. The court later found that the warrant in question violated the Fourth Amendment—yet excused it anyway. Mike explains the issues and also gives a preview of what’s coming in the world of federal crimes. Seth’s case is also from the Fourth Circuit, and it brings us to the happy days of March 2020 and what happened to a couple who simply wanted to access their own property. Was that a taking? The multifactored magic 8 ball says “no.”

United States v. Chatrie

Blackburn v. Dare County

16 USC § 668DD

50 CFR § 32.49

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