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No Warrant Needed to Track Phones, Says Court

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Jul 31, 2013, 7:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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Jul 31, 2013, 11:56 AM

Who cares....

Our rights were taken away YEARS ago - people just happen to be taking notice to it now.

They can take you to Gitmo and throw away the key without a trial, and there's not a single thing you can do about it.

So, with that being said, don't be a terrorist or do anything else stupid and you'll be fine.
Who deems who is a terrorist and what's deemed as stupid?

I hear the tea party being called terrorists all the time.

Scary stuff.
>>So, with that being said, don't be a terrorist or do anything else stupid and you'll be fine.

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...
Seeing as I'm part of the government and you are being stupid I think its time for you to go to Gitmo. And there isn't anything you can do about it. The NSA knows who you are and your ip address and we will be down in the morning to pick you up.
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