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Sides Await Ruling in E-Privacy Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 22, 2011

In a feature for the Burlington Free Press, Sam Hemingway examines the history of a Vermont Supreme Court case on searches and seizures of electronic devices. The Vermont Defender General's Office and the American Civil Liberties Union have argued that computers and other electronic devices cannot be treated in the same manner as physical locations such a bedroom or a vehicle. As Defender General Matthew Valerio put it, "a computer is like a house with no walls. Once you're in you get to look at the whole thing. There needs to be limits on what they are asking to look for." The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case earlier this year but has not issued a ruling.   
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