Warrants required for phone tracking
July 20 , 2013
The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that police are now required to obtain search warrants prior to accessing information about cellphone locations.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said that citizens have a right to privacy in this matter and that the same was true in 2006 as well when a burglary suspect was arrested. According to the court, all law enforcement officers would have to obtain the warrant on probable cause beginning in 30 days. Since 2010, police have had to only demonstrate reasonable grounds for obtaining locations on cell phones and since the year 2006, warrants have been obtained in most of the cases involving cellphone locations.
AP reports this ruling only applies to future cases. “We will implement training for New Jersey law enforcement to ensure compliance with this ruling,” attorney general’s office spokesman Peter Aseltine said.