Cellphone Technology Meets The 4th Amendment

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT) -- Do you have a cellphone? Law enforcement can use it to find you (and may not even need a warrant to do so). The Sixth Circuit, in United States v. Skinner, --- F.3d ---- (6th Cir. Aug. 14, 2012), recently ruled that the holder of a prepaid cellular telephone has no expectation of privacy in the data emitted prospectively from that phone, and therefore law enforcement does not need a warrant to obtain and use such data.

The court reasoned: "When criminals use modern technological devices...
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