US v. Turner (Fifth Circuit)

Scanning the magnetic stripe on the back of a gift card is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. The court reached two very important holdings: 1) the cards could be seized when they were seen in plain view because the officers had probable cause to believe that they were instrumentalities of a crime, and 2) the defendant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information on the magnetic stripe that would prevent the search of that magnetic stripe after the card had been properly seized. Read.