Police Slam GOP-Backed Warrant Rule For Geolocation Data

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT) -- Law enforcement fought back at a House hearing Thursday against a Republican-backed geolocation privacy bill that would require a warrant to obtain cellphone location data, while civil libertarians argued that this heightened standard was necessary to protect users' privacy.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., in June introduced H.R. 2168, the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act, which would require government agencies in most instances to show probable cause to get a warrant for geolocation data.

But a Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association official and...
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