June 13, 2014

GOOD: Cell Phone Location Data Is Private, Court Rules. “Even disregarding the content of a call, cell phones reveal a wealth of information about the person making the call. Called “metadata,” that bundle of other information can include the time the call took place, the call duration, the company that carried the call, and the cell towers that transmitted the call, giving a rough approximation of the callers’ physical locations. Last summer news broke that the U.S. government was storing cell phone metadata. Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in USA v. Quartavious Davis that Fourth Amendment protections against against unreasonable searches and seizures and the issuing of warrants without probable cause extend to cell phone location data.”