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 February 21, 2013  Court

Ryan Abbott reports:

The Department of Justice need not disclose cellphone tracking records involving suspects who were acquitted or had their case dismissed, a federal judge ruled.

In a 2008 complaint under the Freedom of Information Act, the American Civil Liberties Union said that the Justice Department had rejected its requests for information about the government’s role in “tracking the location of individuals’ mobile phones without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.”

The court ordered the release records pertaining to individuals found guilty and convicted in such cases, but found that the privacy of those acquitted or had their charges dropped outweighed the public’s need for transparency.

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