Michael Sher : Courses and Seminars
Developments in Fourth and Fifth Amendment Jurisprudence: Effects of Emerging Technologies
This seminar focuses on the evolution of Fourth and Fifth Amendment jurisprudence in response to a world of rapidly changing technologies. Topics covered include changes in expectations of privacy that accompany changes in technology, monitoring email, computer surveillance, GPS tracking, collection of historical and prospective cell-site location information and real-time cell phone tracking, the act-of-production doctrine and compelled production of computer passwords, and “routine” collection of DNA from arrestees. The seminar also considers related policy considerations and how these considerations are addressed in enacted and proposed legislation. The student’s grade is based on a final examination and class participation.