Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

By Jennifer Lynch

There’s heartening news for our location privacy out of Massachusetts this week. The Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, ruled that police access to real-time cell phone location data—whether it comes from a phone company or from technology like a cell site simulator—intrudes on a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. Absent exigent circumstances, the court held, the police must get a warrant...

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