The Obama administration says the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to cell-site information mobile phone carriers retain on their customers...

The latest surveillance case is believed to be the only one of its kind to reach the federal appellate level, said Jennifer Granick, the civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

"Almost everybody in the United States carries or will carry a cell phone," she said. "This tracking ability is a means where the government can find out the location of pretty much everybody without much effort or expense."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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