Request for Comments "Connected Cars - Workshop, Project No. P175403"
I am a second-year law student at St. John's University School of Law. Last month, I wrote a scholarly paper on Connected Cars, where I analyzed the privacy interests implicated with such Cars. Specifically, I focused on the situation of a police stop and search: whether a search of the physical vehicle allows the police to search the digital data on the Connected Car. I answered the previous question in the negative, and I advocated for a warrant requirement for the digital data on a Connected Car. My position stems from the United States Supreme Court case "Riley v. California," where the Supreme Court held that a warrant should be obtained before police can search the digital data on a cell phone. As I further detail in my paper, "Riley's" protections should be extended to Connected Cars. My paper is attached as a PDF to this comment. I would be happy to speak more about this issue in person on the date of the workshop.