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Senators Push for Cell Phone Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 7, 2010

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and James Risch (R-ID) are drafting legislation to set regulations for government collection and use of cell phone geolocation data, reports The Oregonian. Cell phone service providers track the location of phones in order to provide services, and increasingly, police and courts are requesting this information to assist in investigations. "I was struck by the fact there was no legal framework to make clear how this information is protected. It's become a huge legal quagmire," said Wyden. The senator says the bill is to be modeled on regulations for wiretapping, with a requirement that authorities "show cause and a real basis in evidence" to access the information and penalties for surreptitiously tracking someone.
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