Patchwork Of Cellphone Warrant Laws Will Trip Up Providers

By Allison Grande (July 10, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT) -- Maine and Montana recently became the first states to require a warrant for access to cellphone location records, and with federal regulators largely ignoring the issue, attorneys say more states are likely to follow, creating a patchwork that will complicate service providers' compliance obligations.

Maine lawmakers Tuesday garnered just enough votes to override the governor's veto of an act barring police from obtaining the location information for cellphones and other electronic devices without a valid warrant. The vote came on the heels of Montana's governor signing a bill May 6 that requires officials to obtain warrants before tracking individuals based on...

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