For some people, the appeal of using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin includes the perception that they may offer greater privacy protections for financial transactions, including shielding them from law enforcement scrutiny. A recent federal appellate ruling in a Fourth Amendment case suggests this perception may not align with current legal reality.

In his latest column in The New York Law Journal, Norton Rose Fulbright New York partner Robert Schwinger discusses United States v. Gratkowski, the first time a federal appeals court has addressed the constitutional protections implicated by the use of cryptocurrencies and information stored on public blockchains.

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