Government Should Come Back With a Warrant If It Wants Location Information
Philadelphia – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will be arguing this Thursday before the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia, urging the court to block a government attempt to seize telephone
company records detailing a cell phone user’s past locations without first getting a search warrant.
EFF is serving as a friend of the court or “amicus,” joined by co-amici the ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Democracy & Technology. Professor Susan Freiwald of the University of San Francisco, who submitted a separate amicus brief to the panel, will be joining EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston in arguing on Thursday that federal privacy statutes in combination with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect the privacy of cell phone users and require the government to show probable cause before obtaining cell phone location information.
Oral argument In the Matter of the Application of the United States of America for an Order Directing a Provider of Electronic Communication Service to Disclose Records to the Government
Thursday, February 11th
Albert Branson Maris Courtroom (19th floor)
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For more information on attending Thursday’s hearing, contact [email protected].
For the full EFF amicus brief to the Third Circuit:
For more on the issue of cell phone tracking: