Law Dictionary

expectation of privacy

ex·pec·ta·tion of privacy
  1. :  a belief in the existence of freedom from unwanted especially governmental intrusion in some thing or place — compare zone of privacy

Additional Notes on expectation of privacy

In order to successfully challenge a search or seizure as a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a plaintiff must show that he or she had manifested a subjective expectation of privacy in the area of the search or the object seized and that the expectation is one that society is willing to recognize as reasonable or legitimate.


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