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News Posted on October 6, 2017

Professor Joh Comments on Digital Privacy for The Atlantic

Professor Elizabeth Joh commented for The Atlantic on police surveillance and digital privacy. In an article previewing a number of cases set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, Professor Joh comments on Carpenter v. United States, a case concerning police access to cell phone records.

In the past, courts have held that telephone company records of information voluntarily submitted by customers could be accessed by police without a court order, but new technologies have raised issues of whether consumers are aware of the information they are providing and whether providing such information is really voluntary.

“Number one, we’re not really aware most of the time how much information we’re providing to these third parties,” Joh said. “And number two, it’s really hard to think of that as a voluntary act, because frankly it’s impossible to live a normal life without providing this kind of locational information.”

Professor Joh's scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on DNA evidence, undercover policing, and new surveillance technologies. She is the recipient of King Hall’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.