One of the most important ideas in the Bill of Rights is that your private property belongs to you.

It wasn’t exactly a novel concept, but just in case there was any doubt, the Bill of Rights spelled it out: No one can seize your property without due process. And if you take a look at the major court cases in this area over the years, you’ll find that you have the strongest privacy interests in your home, which makes sense. There are all kinds of exceptions that police can use to search your car, or your locker at work, for example. But for your home, there aren’t many exceptions. Your home is your castle, as the saying goes. That’s been true since the common law was created.

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