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Supreme Court Rules Police Need A Warrant To Track Cellphones

Supreme Court Rules Police Need A Warrant To Track Cellphones

2018-06-22 00:00:00

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government needs a warrant to access a person’s cellphone location history. In the case, Carpenter v. United States, the American Civil Liberties Union represents a man who had months of his cellphone location information turned over to law enforcement without a warrant.The court found in a 5 to 4 decision that obtaining such information is a search under the Fourth Amendment and that a warrant from a judge based on probable cause is required.

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Technological innovation has outpaced our privacy protections. As a result, our digital footprint can be tracked by the government and corporations in ways that were once unthinkable.

This digital footprint is constantly growing, containing more and more data about the most intimate aspects of our lives. This includes our communications, whereabouts, online searches, purchases, and even our bodies. When the government has easy access to this information, we lose more than just privacy and control over our information. Free speech, security, and equality suffer as well.

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The Supreme Court ruled today that the government needs a warrant to access a person’s cellphone location history. In the case, Carpenter v. United States, the...
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