Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Wednesday May 15, 2013

Federal Judge: Only Powered-Off Cell Phones Deserve Privacy Protections

Don't want the government tracking you? Turn your phone off. Wait. What?

A federal magistrate judge in New York recently ruled that cell phone location data deserves no protection under the Fourth Amendment and that accordingly, the government can engage in real-time location surveillance without a search warrant. In an opinion straight from the Twilight Zone, magistrate judge Gary Brown ruled two weeks ago that "cell phone users who fail to turn off their cell phones do not exhibit an expectation of privacy."