Warrant Needed For Cell Data, Mass. High Court Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (February 18, 2014, 9:48 PM EST) -- Massachusetts' highest court ruled on Tuesday that state law enforcement must obtain search warrants in order to access suspects' cellphone data that could reveal their physical location. 

The court ruled that previous requests for the data, which did not need to demonstrate probable cause, violated the state constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. 

“The tracking of the defendant's movements in the urban Boston area for two weeks was more than sufficient to intrude upon the defendant's expectation of privacy,” Justice Margot Botsford wrote in a...
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