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EFF Fights for Cell Phone Users' Privacy in Friday Hearing

Government Should Come Back With a Warrant If It Wants Location Information
February 8, 2010

EFF Fights for Cell Phone Users' Privacy in Friday Hearing

UPDATE: The hearing has been moved to Friday, February 12, at 9:30am.

Philadelphia - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will be arguing this Friday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia, urging the court to block a government attempt to seize telephone company records detailing a cell phone user's past locations without first getting a search warrant.

EFF is serving as a friend of the court or "amicus," joined by co-amici the ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Democracy & Technology. Professor Susan Freiwald of the University of San Francisco, who submitted a separate amicus brief to the panel, will be joining EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston in arguing on Thursday that federal privacy statutes in combination with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect the privacy of cell phone users and require the government to show probable cause before obtaining cell phone location information.

Oral argument In the Matter of the Application of the United States of America for an Order Directing a Provider of Electronic Communication Service to Disclose Records to the Government

Friday, February 12th

Albert Branson Maris Courtroom (19th floor)
U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on attending Thursday's hearing, contact

For the full EFF amicus brief to the Third Circuit:

For more on the issue of cell phone tracking:


Kevin Bankston
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jennifer Stisa Granick
Civil Liberties Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Relations Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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