n Without Prejudice - Mosaic Theory and the right to search guest registries : international privacy laws

Volume 15, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



In the United States, law enforcement agencies have historically had free access to hotel guest registries in order to monitor the whereabouts of targeted individuals. These registry inspections are typically demanded and conducted without any court-issued search warrants. To the uninitiated, search warrants are orders executed by a judge that permit police officers to search a location for evidence of criminal activity. Typically, in order for a search warrant to issue, the requesting officer must establish "probable cause" - that is, a reasonable likelihood that the search will turn up evidence of illegal activity.

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