Supreme Court to Consider Hotel Records Privacy Case, EPIC Amicus Cites Constitutional Interests

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Los Angeles v. Patel, concerning the warrantless inspection of hotel records by the police. Hotel operators are challenging a city ordinance that requires the collection for police inspection of names, drivers licenses, vehicle information, payment information, and length of stay for every hotel guest. EPIC's brief, joined with thirty-six technical experts and legal scholars, argued that “individuals have a constitutional right to gather at hotels for political and religious purposes without being subject to police inspection.” EPIC traced the history of US hotels as meetings places for organizations and cited the landmark Supreme Court case NAACP v. Alabama.

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