No warrant required for IP address data, 7th Circ. Rules

By Lauren Berg (September 8, 2021, 10:38 p.m. EDT) – Law enforcement does not need a search warrant before using surveillance devices to see the IP addresses visited by a criminal suspect, The Seventh Circuit ruled on Wednesday, saying a disgruntled employee convicted of launching cyberattacks at his former company has no expectation of confidentiality of captured routing information.

The three-judge appeals panel upheld an Illinois federal court ruling denying Edward Soybel’s motion to suppress government evidence showing Soybel illegally accessed his former employer’s computer system, saying that the use of monitoring devices to identify IP addresses visited by a suspect is not a Fourth Amendment “Search” that requires a…

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