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ACLU Wins Appeal on Warrantless GPS Tracking

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 7, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union won an appeal on Tuesday requiring the government to hand over details on some cases where prosecutors tracked suspects through cell phones without obtaining a judge's approval, reports Reuters. The court upheld a 2010 decision stating that in cases where the suspect was convicted, the government must provide details. The government has offered to show the nature of the charges, whether a motion was made to suppress the data and the outcome of the motion, states the report. "The disclosure sought by the plaintiffs would inform this ongoing public policy discussion by shedding light on the scope and effectiveness of cell phone tracking as a law enforcement tool," wrote Judge Merrick Garland. A further appeal is possible. 
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