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CA Bill Would Require Warrants Before Location Tracking

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 24, 2012

The nation's largest wireless providers are opposing a proposed California location privacy law that would require a search warrant before police could track a wireless customer's coordinates, CNET reports. Only in emergency situations would police be exempt from acquiring a judge's approval to conduct tracking surveillance under SB 1434, which would also require the providers to disclose how many times they had granted or denied police access to wireless location data. A wireless trade association, including such members as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Sprint Nextel, has written to the bill's sponsor saying the bill would create confusion for wireless providers "when responding to legitimate law enforcement requests."
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