Feds Need Warrant For Cell Location Data: Judge

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 3:37 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge ruled last week that the U.S. government cannot access location data drawn from cellphone records without a warrant, days after the U.S. Supreme Court examined the constitutionality of the warrantless tracking of vehicles using GPS.

In her Nov. 11 order, U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes upheld a magistrate judge's decision denying government requests under the Stored Communications Act for cellphone provider records containing the date, time, recipient number and location of certain calls over a two-month period. The requests came in...
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