Zoe Tillman reports:
The public doesn’t have a right to information on criminal cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the defendant was acquitted or had their case dismissed, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday.
A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the defendants’ privacy rights outweighed the public’s interest in understanding the scope of warrantless cellphone tracking by the government.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice for case names and docket numbers of prosecutions where the government got a court order, but not a warrant, to obtain cellphone data.
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