Warrantless GPS Tracking Paused Since Carpenter, Sen. Says

Law360 (November 15, 2019, 10:09 PM EST) -- The federal government hasn't collected cellphone location or GPS data without a warrant since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Carpenter decision last year, the head of the intelligence community has disclosed to a Democratic senator who's pushing Congress to ban such warrantless data grabs.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had asked then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in a July letter whether the intelligence community was still using Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to scoop up Americans' location data from telecom providers without a probable cause warrant following the high court's June 2018 decision in Carpenter v. U.S....

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