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Judge's Cell Phone Decision Doesn't End Debate

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 25, 2011

A judge ruled this week that law enforcement authorities need a warrant to access location data on a suspect's cell phone. But the debate on the right to privacy when it comes to technology like smartphones and GPS systems is far from over, Wired reports, as a similar case heads to the Supreme Court, and bills by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) are reviewed. "Regardless of what the courts decide," said an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "the right answer when it comes to the Fourth Amendment does not preclude Congress as a policy matter that it should protect location data more strongly." 
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