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In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data.
Written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the four liberal justices, the majority opinion extended the Fourth Amendment on unreasonable search to include location records that mobile phone operators hold on their customers – a critical distinction that extends privacy protections beyond a physical device.
Building on another landmark case in 2014 when the court decided [PDF] that a warrant was required to search a mobile phone, the court decided that the "reasonable expectation of privacy" that people have in their "physical movements" should extend to records stored by third parties.
originally posted by: Whoisjohngalt
a reply to: Southern Guardian
Good stuff. Not sure how anyone would think police should have access to that data without a warrant
originally posted by: Xcathdra
It is taking the courts, Supreme court included, to drag itself into the 21st century and evolving technology. While we just assume something should be covered by the 4th amendment it doesnt work that way. As new technology enters the public there are...
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
I have a feeling this won't solve much of anything. It sounds good on the surface but we all know that they will get our location data with or without a warrant.