Apr 262014
 
 April 26, 2014  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Curt Anderson reports:

In the latest challenge over digital age technology and privacy rights, a federal appeals court wrestled Friday with the authority of law enforcement to obtain and use records from cellphone towers, which reel in a treasure trove of user information every minute and can link suspects to crime scenes.

In Quartavious Davis’ case, authorities obtained from cellphone companies more than 11,000 tower location records spanning 67 days, some of which placed his phone near Miami-area stores hit by a string of robberies in 2010. Davis, 22, is serving a 162-year prison sentence.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say it’s too easy for law enforcement officials to get cell tower records and argue that they should be protected by the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

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