People in California might be surprised to hear how many cellphone location records law enforcement in the U.S. requested from cellphone companies last year: 1.3 million. This does not mean that 1.3 million people had their cellphone records examined -- probably far more than that. This is because police often ask for location data for several people in every request.
The New York Times and ProPublica reported on the issue and talked with privacy advocates who believe that this information should only be turned over to police after they have obtained a search warrant. Police need to prove probable cause that a search will reveal evidence of a crime before they can obtain a warrant for a wiretap on a person's phone or track the phone in real time. They only have to show that location data will give them needed facts about a case to get the location data.
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