12 September 2008

PRIVACY: Court Decision Affirms 4th Amendment Protects Location Info

An interesting privacy case that should be of interest to firearms owners. Details are from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed an amicus brief in the case.

"In an unprecedented victory for cell phone privacy, a federal court has affirmed that cell phone location information stored by a mobile phone provider is protected by the Fourth Amendment and that the government must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before seizing such records. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had asked the federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania to overturn a magistrate judge's decision requiring the government to obtain a warrant for stored location data, arguing that the government could obtain such information without probable cause."
The court affirmed the magistrate's decision requiring warrants. A very interesting ruling. The question is, how long will this opinion stand?

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