Friday, June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Rules That Government Must Get a Warrant Before Accessing Cell Phone Location Data

IN A LANDMARK privacy decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that police must get a warrant in order to obtain your cell phone’s location data over an extended period of time.

The decision is a major victory for privacy advocates, who have long argued that the law has failed to keep pace with the amount of intrusive data we voluntarily hand over to private companies.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal justices on the court, declaring that even though the data is held by a third party, the government still needs a warrant to obtain it.

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