Daily Archives: Thursday 1 August 2013

Legal News of the Day: 5th Circuit Says Warrants Aren’t Required to Track Cell Phones

cell phone2On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that probable cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information, reversing a lower court decision that said that the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment.  The court reasoned that mobile location data is a business record; as such, it would be unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.  The Fifth Circuit is the third federal appeals court to allow authorities to track mobile devices with no warrant.