EFF says warrants for phone location data should be mandatory

September 1, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday over the need for police to obtain a search warrant before receiving Americans’ cell phone location data.

The brief pertains to Davis v. U.S., a federal criminal case from Florida that involved police getting 67 days’ worth of phone records about the defendant, Quartavious Davis.

Although the case hasn’t yet proceeded to the Supreme Court, the EFF’s request followed a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit earlier this year. That ruling said Davis couldn’t expect privacy in historical cell site records. Put more simply: police didn’t need a search warrant to obtain his location data.

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