No Warrant Needed to Track Phones, Says Court
Law enforcement does not need to obtain a search warrant in order to obtain cell phone location data from network operators, according to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The decision overturns two earlier rulings that said search warrants should be required. Instead, law enforcement needs to obtain a court order, which does not need to meet the same rigorous legal requirements as a search warrant, in order to obtain the location data. The court of appeals called the data "a business record that belongs to the network operator." As such, Fourth Amendment protections shouldn't apply. The new ruling conflicts with those made in other states in recent weeks. Earlier this month, the state of New Jersey said that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant in order to collect location data from cellphone providers.
Court Says Warrants Required for Phone Location Data
An appellate court in Atlanta unanimously decided that police violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a suspected criminal by accessing his cell phone's location data without a warrant. Police investigating a string of robberies used a court order to obtain the suspect's cell phone data, which included details about the cell towers his phone connected to when making calls and gave away his general location.
Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data
A federal court ruled police can obtain cell phone location records from carriers without first getting a warrant. A Florida man, Quartavious Davis, convicted of seven armed robberies in 2010 argued the cell phone records used to place him in the vicinity of the robberies were protected under the Fourth Amendment.
Supreme Court Says Police Must Get Warrant to Search Phones
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before they can search the cell phones of people they arrest.
Court: No Warrant Needed to Pull Carrier-Based Location Data
A U.S. appeals court said law enforcement does not need to obtain a warrant before obtaining location data from wireless network operators.
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So, with that being said, don't be a terrorist or do anything else stupid and you'll be fine.
I hear the tea party being called terrorists all the time.
You could start by not making stupid statements like this one. I take my Constitutional rights seriously. And I have a serious problem with anyone who s...