Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a case determining whether law enforcement should require a warrant to track suspects through cell phone records.
CEI Vice President Jim Harper said the following:
To provide their service, cellular telecommunications providers constantly collect information about their customers’ locations, which can be very sensitive and revealing. They do so under contractual and regulatory obligations to keep that information private. The Supreme Court has a chance in Carpenter to find that this cell site location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Court should find that it is unreasonable to seize and search data in cases like this, without first getting a warrant.