Your garbage is not private

Exposing What You Hide in Your Garbage

In 1988 the Supreme Court said it was okay that “animals, children, scavengers, snoops…” and the police have access to your garbage. Placed outside for pickup, your garbage is not private. The majority opinion indicated garbage was not protected by the Fourth Amendment because most of us do not expect it to be private. Disagreeing, the dissent said the Court should safeguard the private parts of our lives that we discard. Where are we going? To the cost and benefit of recycling regulation. In the 1988 case, when the police suspected narcotics trafficking, they went to the person’s garbage to prove it. Although they were right, the defendant claimed his right to privacy. ….[READ]

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