Magistrate judges across the country are renewing calls for Congress to set a consistent legal standard for law enforcement to meet when seeking cellphone tracking information about a wireless provider's customers...

The inconsistencies are so pronounced that last year, federal judges in the Central District of California created two application forms - one for judges who require a warrant based on probable cause, and one for those who don't, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Those groups sued the government under the Freedom of Information Act for disclosure of records showing how widespread the practice is.

Friday, November 14, 2008
Washington Post