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Cellphones give feds insight into criminal activity

March 21, 2011

That is a much lower burden than the probable cause standard required
under the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right of the people to
be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, said the government's reliance on warrantless cell
tracking is cause for alarm.

"People should be concerned because, whether they realize it or
not, they're carrying a tracking device in their pocket," Bankston said.
"And phone companies are collecting data about where your phone is
located, even when you're not using it, that can reveal a really
intimate portrait of how you spend your days and nights, where you go,
who you associate with."
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