Supreme Court: Warrant required for phone location data access
In a victory for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that law enforcement officials must obtain a warrant in order to access phone location data and use it as evidence in court. This reverses an earlier Court of Appeals ruling that phone data is not protected under the fourth amendment. Chief Justice John Roberts cited a “seismic shift” in digital technology that requires careful constitutional consideration in terms of privacy, suggesting that the Supreme Court will likely see more cases involving privacy and new technologies in the coming years. Friday’s ruling did not impact laws concerning security cameras or business records.