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USA: Carpenter v. U.S.: What privacy rights do we have over our mobile phone data after all?

On 29 November 2017, the U.S Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carpenter v. U.S. Carpenter focuses on the application of the ‘third-party doctrine’ concerning individuals’ reasonable expectation of privacy in the context of law enforcement access to personal information held by service providers without a warrant. Simon Frankel and Melanie Ramey, Partner and Law Clerk respectively at Covington & Burling LLP, provide an overview of Carpenter, highlight the impact it may have on privacy and outline potential approaches that the Supreme Court may take in its judgement.

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