Judge bashes warrantless cellphone tracking • The Register
September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Tower data protected by Fourth Amendment
A federal magistrate has ruled that information pulled from cellphone towers provides such an intimate portrait of a customer’s life that government investigators must get a warrant before obtaining it.
The ruling by Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the US District Court for Eastern New York is a major victory for civil liberties advocates, who have long warned that so-called historical cell-site information gives the government the ability to track users’ location each time they make a call or send a text message. It follows an appeals court decision earlier this month that a drug trafficking suspect’s constitutional rights were violated when the FBI surreptitiously attached a global positioning system to his car without a warrant