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Law Enforcement Pushes for Cell Phone Data Access

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 3, 2010

CNN reports on law enforcement agencies' push to track suspects via cell phones and GPS technologies without a warrant. The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, for example, is examining a 2008 case in which the government asked for court permission, without showing probable cause, to obtain cell phone tracking information for a drug investigation, the report states. After a U.S. Magistrate judge required a warrant be obtained, an appeals court affirmed the decision, noting, however, that the exercise should be used sparingly. The Justice Department continues to push for warrantless tracking information.
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