expectation of privacy

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

Note: 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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“Expectation of privacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/expectation%20of%20privacy. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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