US largest IT companies demanded to limit access of law enforcement agencies to user data
American IT companies have appealed to the US Supreme Court with a request to review the rules for access to data on the location of cell phones for law enforcement agencies without a court warrant.
This is reported by The Verge with reference to a joint statement of 14 companies. Among those who signed the document, there are Google, Facebook, Apple, Airbnb, Dropbox, Cisco Systems and other major social networks and services.
The companies are sure that the Supreme Court should consider some provisions of the fourth amendment to the US Constitution, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and detentions. "The provisions of the fourth amendment should be adapted to these new realities. The court must clarify the application of certain provisions of the fourth amendment in order to guarantee the interaction of the law with Internet technologies in accordance with the real situation and expectations of people," the statement said.
Timothy Carpenter, the spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who was charged with theft after law enforcement agencies received data about him without a warrant, told the edition that the Supreme Court will consider this statement in the fall.