Supreme Court rules police need a warrant for your cell phone location data

Law enforcement can no longer claim people have no right to privacy when using a cell phone, and must obtain a warrant to collect historical location data, the Supreme Court ruled today in the long-awaited Carpenter v. United States. This ruling marks a victory for the First and Fourth Amendments, and for journalism.

Privacy advocates were quick to place the decision in the vein of United States v. Jones, a landmark 2012 opinion that similarly found unconstitutional the warrantless placement of GPS trackers on cars.

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