Phone tracking in the USA

In news from the US, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the FBI and other police agencies now don’t need a search warrant to track the locations of mobile phones.

Police can now obtain logs showing where a mobile phone user had travelled without a warrant, because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their cellphones’ whereabouts, ie. they should expect that they can be tracked.

In Australia, a warrant is still required by law enforcement agencies to obtain this information, but in some states there is argument that location-tracking software installed on a phone does not make the phone a ‘tracking device’ under the relevant legislation, and is therefore not unlawful. 

Cnet Story: http://j.mp/8XMbTL

 

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