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SCOTUS: Tracking Cell Tower Location Data Requires a Warrant

SCOTUS: Tracking Cell Tower Location Data Requires a Warrant

In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police must first obtain a search warrant before examining location data — cell tower records that can show a person’s movement for long periods of time — stored on a subject’s mobile phone.

June 22, 2018

Think Before You Hit Send

Think Before You Hit Send

What about those text messages and emails that are sent on officers' personal devices? Are they safe from scrutinizing eyes?

October 10, 2016

Overtime For Work on Phones? Judge to Decide in Chicago Case

A federal judge is set to decide whether Chicago police officers should have received overtime pay for answering work-related calls and emails after hours, a case that could help clarify what it means for an employee to be off the clock in the age of smartphones.

August 26, 2015

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on the subject of searching an arrestee's cell phone incident to his arrest.

July 11, 2014

Court Rules Officers Need Warrants to Search Arrestees' Phones

The old rules, Chief Justice Roberts said, cannot be applied to “modern cellphones, which are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

June 25, 2014

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Upheld

In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant.

August 1, 2013

N.J. Bill Would Allow Police Cell Phone Searches After Accidents
N.C. University Introduces Law Enforcement App

N.C. University Introduces Law Enforcement App

The University of North Carolina has developed an investigative mobile app for officers in that state called ASSET (Arrest, Search, and Seizure Electronic Tool), the university announced.

March 13, 2013

Appeals Court: Warrantless Cellphone GPS Tracking Legal
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