The Fourth Amendment in an Age of Surveillance

The Fourth Amendment in an Age of Surveillance

by David Gray


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The Fourth Amendment is facing a crisis. New and emerging surveillance technologies allow government agents to track us wherever we go, to monitor our activities online and offline, and to gather massive amounts of information relating to our financial transactions, communications, and social contacts. In addition, traditional police methods like stop-and-frisk have grown out of control, subjecting hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens to routine searches and seizures. In this work, David Gray uncovers the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment to reveal how its historical guarantees of collective security against threats of 'unreasonable searches and seizures' can provide concrete solutions to the current crisis. This important work should be read by anyone concerned with the ongoing viability of one of the most important constitutional rights in an age of increasing government surveillance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107133235
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

David Gray is a professor at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international criminal law, and jurisprudence. He has published dozens of articles in leading law reviews and is the co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law. Before his academic career, Professor Gray practiced white collar criminal law at a leading law firm in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the dangers of surveillance; 1. Our age of surveillance; 2. The Fourth Amendment in the twentieth century; 3. Some competing proposals; 4. Fourth Amendment remedies as rights; 5. Constitutional remedies; 6. The Fourth Amendment in an age of surveillance; Conclusion: our Fourth Amendment utopia.

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