In 1928, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Olmstead v. United States, concluding that the government's interception of telephone communications did not constitute a search or seizure under the Fourth Amendment. This decision launched a national debate on law enforcement wiretapping. It served as the key precedent for when law enforcement activities constituted a search for nearly 40 years, until it was overruled. Justice Louis Brandeis's dissent, invoking the right to privacy, serves as the rationale for current Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. Olmstead involved the ...

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