Fourth Amendment protections should apply to personal data in a car’s Event Data Recorder, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue before the Georgia Supreme Court today.
The state’s high court is hearing oral arguments in Mobley v. State, which challenges law enforcement’s warrantless search and seizure of data gleaned from the so-called blackbox of a car operated by Victor Mobley, who was involved in a 2014 car crash that killed two people in another vehicle. Charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, Mobley argued investigators required a warrant and sought to suppress data gathered from his car’s computerized systems, showing that he was traveling 97 mph in the seconds before the crash.
“Our smartphones, computers, and cars have a lot more in common than we may realize. It’s time they share the same Fourth Amendment protections as well,” said Nathan Freed Wessler, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Wessler will present the organization’s arguments before the Georgia court.
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