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Hiawatha Bray Talks Tech: Cell Phone Location And Warrants07:45
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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.

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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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