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In Major privacy win, U.S. Supreme Court rules police need warrant to track your cellphone Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


The United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to get access to cellphone location information.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in the 5-to-4 decision.

“The chief justice said that this sort of tracking information is akin to wearing an electronic ankle-bracelet monitoring device and that the citizens of the country are protected from that kind of monitoring unless police can show a judge that there is probable cause of a crime that justifies it,” NPR wrote.

The case goes back to 2010 and 2011 robberies of cellphones when police were able to track the suspects without warrant.

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