April 3, 2012
ACLU: Most US Police Don't Seek Warrants Before Tracking Cell Phones
Many law enforcement agencies across the U.S. track mobile phones as part of investigations, but only a minority ask for court-ordered warrants, according to a new report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) via PCWorld.
More than 90 law enforcement agencies said they track mobile phones during investigations, but only six of those agencies reported receiving court-approved warrants after demonstrating that there's probable cause of a crime, according to an ACLU report based on public information requests filed by the group last year.
In most cases, police received subpoenas, typically from clerks of court or prosecutors, to track mobile phones, the ACLU said in its report.
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Related: - Map of US police departments that track cell-phone use without a warrant via boingboing.
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