Feds Need Warrant For Cell Location Data, High Court Says

Law360 (June 22, 2018, 10:41 AM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the federal government generally needs a warrant to access historical cellphone location records, finding that the data deserves more stringent protection than other customer information held by service providers.

The Supreme Court has found that historical cellphone location records deserve heightened protection under the Fourth Amendment, saying, "[I]ndividuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the whole of their physical movements." (AP) In a 5-4 ruling authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court rejected the government's argument that individuals such as petitioner Timothy Carpenter don't have a legitimate expectation of privacy in...

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