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From the Snowden leaks to the revelations about government surveillance of United States citizens in the name of national security, privacy is in the news these days as it has not been in recent memory. The issue promises to gain more attention in April, when the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in cases addressing the question whether police need a warrant to search the contents of a cellphone found on a person who has been arrested. Given the ubiquity of cell phone ownership and use in this country, we should all have more than a passing interest in the Supreme Court’s answer to this question.

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Lawrence Friedman

Lawrence Friedman teaches Constitutional Law, Information Privacy Law, National Security Law, and State Constitutional Law at New England School of Law. He has published numerous articles on these subjects as well as The Massachusetts State Constitution, co-written with Lynnea Thody; and The Case for Congress: Separation of Powers and the War on Terror, co-written with Victor Hansen. Before joining the New England Law faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and before teaching, he was an associate with Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, focusing on environmental, land use, Internet, and government enforcement litigation. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr., of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

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