Supreme Court adopts new rules for cell phone location tracking

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 18:04:27-04

(NBC News) Police can no longer use a suspect’s cell phone records to track them down without a warrant, a change that many feel is now needed in this technology driven age.

Officials say that cell phones can be one of the most effective tools in finding a suspect and in many cases, they can find years of information from a person’s phone alone.

"Historical data can put someone at the scene of a crime, which can corroborate the testimony of eyewitnesses," said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The new ruling leaves open the possibility for authorities to search tracking records in emergencies and some other situations, setting the stage for future fights over digital privacy. 

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