Federal Court Says Phone Location Records Aren’t Protected By The Constitution
July 31, 2013
A federal appeals court has ruled that authorities don’t need a search warrant to access your phone’s location records.
According to AP’s Juan Lozano, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that phone location data are business records and not the property of mobile subscribers.
This means that authorities don’t need probable cause if they want to get a person’s location data — they just need a court order requesting the business records from that person’s cell phone provider.