The Supreme Court is poised to strike down key privacy protections from President Donald Trump’s executive order on Tuesday, in a case that could give President Trump new leverage in battling internet privacy rules and a growing push by tech companies to get new privacy protections passed.
The ruling, which could be announced as early as Wednesday, will affect hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been unable to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for years.
The court is set to decide whether the Trump administration can keep a ban on data collection and usage of companies’ apps and services, which were adopted by President Barack Obama in 2014 after the FBI and NSA secretly collected and stored huge amounts of Americans’ communications and data for years without warrants.
The government has argued that the restrictions on data collected by tech giants violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.
The case has divided the court and the legal community.
While many have welcomed the ruling, privacy advocates are still pushing back.
The ACLU has called the ruling a major victory for Americans’ right to privacy.
But privacy advocates and privacy advocates say the court has left open the door for more companies to collect and use Americans’ private data without their knowledge or consent.
Trump has repeatedly argued that his executive order is necessary to protect the nation’s citizens from terrorist attacks and other threats.
But some tech giants say the Trump order is unconstitutional and should be blocked.
Tech companies have been under pressure from lawmakers to put new privacy safeguards in place to ensure that Americans’ data is secure and that the government doesn’t misuse the data.
They argue that the Trump data-collection ban is a clear violation of privacy.
“The president is clearly wrong when he argues that this order is needed to protect American citizens from terrorists and other dangerous criminals,” said Chris Soghoian, director of the ACLU’s privacy project.
“The executive order’s sweeping data collection provisions are also deeply troubling.”
But privacy advocates worry that the court’s decision could give companies a new legal weapon to use against the Trump Administration, potentially forcing the Trump White House to make concessions to appease privacy advocates.
“If the Supreme Court rules that this is not a reasonable exercise of power, this will have a chilling effect on the government’s ability to collect data and use it for legitimate purposes, and that could have far-reaching consequences,” said Michael S. Schmidt, general counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit filed in February by two technology companies — Twitter and Facebook — and the American Medical Association against Trump’s data-gathering order is likely to be the most high-profile legal challenge to the executive order.
The American Medical Society and other groups have filed a series of lawsuits challenging Trump’s order, saying it violates Americans’ constitutional rights.
The Trump administration has responded by arguing that the data collection is necessary for national security, to combat the spread of HIV and to protect Americans from the spread and spread of Ebola.
The tech companies and medical groups have argued that Trump’s ban on sharing the data with other companies violates Americans rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and they are appealing to the Supreme Judicial Court to strike it down.