Hiawatha Bray Talks Tech: Cell Phone Location And Warrants

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police do not need a search warrant in order to get the location of a cell phone.

The case stemmed from the 2011 conviction of two men accused of a series of armed robberies. Investigators obtained a court order to obtain location information from the wireless service provider, which placed the suspects near the locations of the robberies at the time they took place.


Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for The Boston Globe Business section and author of You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves. He tweets @GlobeTechLab.


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  • "No government tracking is at issue here. Rather, the question before us is whether the government invades an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy when it obtains,from a third party,the third party’s records,whichpermit the government to deducelocationinformation."

This segment aired on June 2, 2016.


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