Supreme Court Sides With Cellphone Users In Privacy Rights Case

By  //  June 22, 2018

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(FOX NEWS) – The Justice Department suffered a digital age defeat Friday at the Supreme Court, which sided with the privacy rights of cellphone users in a dispute over tracking their movements by law enforcement.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court said police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements with cellphone data.

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote.

At issue is whether the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment requires a search warrant for the government to access a person’s cellphone location history. It is the latest foray by the justices into how laws should be tailored to keep up with technological advances.

The stakes were enormous, since this judicial precedent could be applied more broadly, including government access to Internet, bank, credit card, and telephone records.

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