California Advances Location Privacy Act
California's state legislature this week passed a new law that would require a warrant for police to track citizens' locations via cell phone networks and the GPS built-in to most current cell phones. Many law enforcement agencies do not consistently obtain warrants for such data, and most cell phones companies do not require warrants. The EFF and ACLU of California both helped push the bill, which won broad support from both parties in the state. It is unclear if Governor Jerry Brown will sign or veto the bill.
California to Require Warrants for Stingrays
Oct 9, 2015
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits the government from snooping on citizens' electronic communications without first obtaining a warrant. The law, called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, forbids the government from "accessing electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device." For example, police will no longer be able to use stingrays unless they get permission from a judge to do so.
Law Enforcement Could Use CLOUD Act to Skirt 4th Amendment
Mar 15, 2018
The CLOUD Act would give law enforcement both at home and abroad new access to Americans' personal data in violation of the Fourth Amendment, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The CLOUD Act (H.R.
ACLU, EFF File Lawsuit Over Warrantless Phone Searches
Sep 13, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Department of Homeland Security for searching American citizens' smartphones at the border without a warrant. Specifically, the groups say the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have delayed citizens' entry into the country lest they give up smartphone passwords.
Supreme Court Weighing Warrants for Cell Phone Location
Nov 29, 2017
The Supreme Court today heard a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. Government agencies do not currently need a warrant when requesting location and other data held by phone companies thanks to a 1979 court case.
Supreme Court to Weigh Accessibility of Cell Location Data
Jun 5, 2017
The Supreme Court today said it will hear a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. As it stands today, the government does not need to get a warrant when seeking location and other information held by phone companies.