House subcommittee considering geolocation privacy, some claim no warrant should be required

Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Paul Martin

Madison Ruppert
Friday, April 26, 2013

In the House the battle over the Fourth Amendment and privacy rages yet again with some saying our constitutional rights should be upheld while others claim probable cause warrants would hinder police.

Currently, the debate surrounds geolocation data, which has been requested by the government more than ever.

Keep in mind, researchers have shown that future movements can be predicted using geolocation data from cellphones while the Obama administration claims location data is not constitutionally protected.

The House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations recently heard testimony on proposed safeguards for geolocation privacy. One individual simply claimed that providing constitutional protections to location data would significantly hinder law enforcement.

These safeguards would deal with the collection and use of the extensive location data generated by cellphones and other devices, much of which is not currently protected.

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