Warrantless cellphone location tracking is illegal, US circuit court rules

A US Appellate Court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone location data, finding that acquiring records of what cell towers a phone connected to and when it was connected to them constitutes a Fourth Amendment search. This ruling, from the Eleventh Circuit, is in opposition to a ruling made nearly a year ago by a separate appellate court. While this ruling won’t overturn that one because of their separate jurisdictions, it adds critical precedent to a privacy question that’s still far from decided across the country.

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