5th Circ. OKs Warrantless Cellphone Location Data Seizures

Law360, New York (July 30, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the government does not need a warrant to obtain historical cellphone location data from service providers, saying that subscribers do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for information that is collected and stored by third-party providers.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate panel vacated the Southern District of Texas' November 2011 decision that the Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement from accessing cellphone provider records that reveal the date, time, recipient number and location of previously placed calls without a...
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