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Judge: Warrant Required for Cell Phone Records

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Sep 12, 2008, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that the police and other law enforcement agencies need to have a warrant before seizing cell phone records from wireless companies. In order to obtain that warrant, the authorities need to be able to show probable cause. The government argues that cell phone records do not provide precise enough location information to require a warrant and will likely appeal the judge's ruling.

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Sep 12, 2008, 2:42 PM

Existing Law

Does this law not exist in every state?
No it doesn't actually. The only law that is across each state is when trying to records for landlines.

There is no real privacy with cell phones.
I've sold phones in Missouri, Kansas, and now Washington. All three require a subpoena and or a warrant.
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