Welcoming Experts to Discuss the Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Jones
posted by Danielle Citron
As my co-blogger Dan Solove noted, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Jones, finding the warrantless GPS surveillance of a car unconstitutional. There’s much to discuss about the majority opinion written by Scalia (with Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy, and Sotomayor), a concurrence written by Sotomayor, and a concurrence by Alito (with Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan). We’re lucky to have experts on board to help us sort it out: Margot E. Kaminski, Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project and Research Scholar and Lecturer at Yale Law School whose scholarship focuses on civil liberties, privacy, and surveillance, guest blogger Paul Ohm, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law and former computer programmer and network systems administrator who has authored many important pieces on privacy and surveillance, and Priscilla “Cilla” Smith, Senior Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project who has co-authored “When Machines Are Watching: How Warrantless Use of GPS Surveillance Technology Violates the Fourth Amendment Right Against Unreasonable Searches,” 121 The Yale Law Journal Online 177 (2011) (with Nabiha Syed, David Thaw and Albert Wong). In a week or so, we will also be hearing from my colleague Renée Hutchins, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, whose article “Tied Up in Knotts?” GPS and the Fourth Amendment, 55 UCLA Law Review 1 (2007) appeared in many district and Court of Appeals decisions wrestling with warrantless GPS tracking on cars.