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Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:47:37 GMT
A US Appeals Court weighs a government petition on whether to allow the police to track down suspected criminals through cell-phone signals without a warrant.
The Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia has begun working on a government appeal meant to authorize the law enforcement to obtain cell-phone tracking information of suspected individuals from telecommunication companies without having to give a possible reason for their probe.
Cellular user privacy at risk
By Catherine Crump
If you own a cell phone, you should care about the outcome of a case scheduled to be argued in federal appeals court in Philadelphia tomorrow. It could well decide whether the government can use your cell phone to track you – even if it hasn’t shown probable cause to believe it will turn up evidence of a crime.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology will ask the court to require that the government at least show probable cause before it can track your whereabouts.