CNet reports on some privacy cases that will be before the U.S. Supreme Court this term:
When police in the District of Columbia decided to use an automobile GPS bug to surreptitiously track the movements of Antoine Jones, a suspected cocaine dealer, they set in motion a legal challenge that will end before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court’s fall term, which begins today, includes a review of Jones’ attempt to overturn his conviction. His attorneys argue that such precise turn-by-turn tracking requires a search warrant signed by a judge–a step that D.C. police chose not to take. […]
Another case the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear, FAA v. Cooper, asks whether mental and emotional injuries qualify as “damages” under the Privacy Act. A pilot named Stanmore Cooper disclosed his HIV-positive status to the Social Security Administration, which shared it with the Federal Aviation Administration, an act that Cooper says caused him “mental anguish” and violated the Privacy Act.
“I’m not sure whether the court will go so far as to include mental and emotional damages in the definition,” says Ryan Calo, director of Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society. “I think they should.” (Calo has written an essay arguing for a limited expansion of the concept of privacy harm.)