Haynes and Boone, LLP Counsel Pierre Grosdidier co-edited the most recent issue of the Circuits Newsletter for the State Bar of Texas’s Computer and Technology Section. The March 2019 issue features articles on data privacy, cryptojacking and the possible legal implications of submitting DNA to public databases through 23andMe or Ancestry.
Grosdidier has served as co-editor of the publication since June 2018.
Grosdidier also authored an article included in the newsletter titled “Cell Phone Tracking in Texas.” Here is an excerpt:
In Sims v. State, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“TCCA”) unanimously held that authorities did not violate a suspect’s Fourth Amendment privacy rights when they “pinged” his cell phone less than five times over less than three hours without a warrant to locate and arrest him on suspicion of murder. The decision is consistent with Carpenter v. United States, where the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a warrant was required to access seven days of cellsite location information (CSLI). Carpenter was a narrow decision that left room for warrantless requests for CSLI under exigent circumstances, such as when authorities “need to pursue a fleeing suspect, [or] protect individuals who are threatened with imminent harm.”
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Grosdidier is a Houston construction lawyer who divides his practice between construction litigation and construction contract drafting. Pierre belongs to the first group of lawyers board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2017. Grosdidier’s practice also includes litigating unauthorized computer access and software copyright infringement claims.