TechChruch: Should Tech Companies Be Subject To The Fourth Amendment?

If the government compels production without process or a warrant, should the Fourth Amendment apply? What about the third-party doctrine?

TechChruh: Should Tech Companies Be Subject To The Fourth Amendment? by Jeff Kosseff:

In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., re-introduced a bill that would require social media companies and other online services to contact the authorities when they have “actual knowledge” of terrorist activities.

The bill states that companies would not be required to review content – only that they must report terrorist activities that they learn of. Technology companies noted that they already work with authorities to prevent terrorism. Opponents criticized the bill, saying that it would actually discourage technology companies from voluntarily monitoring their services for terrorist content and working with law enforcement.

Looming in the background of this debate is a little-discussed but very important obstacle: the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. …

Child porn has to be reported; so now soon terrorist threats? Who’s a terrorist?

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