June 24, 2019 Best of ABA Sections

Privacy’s “Third-Party” Doctrine in the Wake of Carpenter

ABA Science and Technology Law Section

Rick Aldrich

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated opinion in Carpenter v. United States, No. 16-402, 138 S. Ct. 2206 (2018). The case revolved around a series of robberies of RadioShack and T-Mobile stores over four months. Prosecutors sought and obtained court orders requiring MetroPCS and Sprint to provide cell-site location information (CSLI) for Timothy Carpenter over two specified periods of time.

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