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imgresA US court has ruled that police and other law enforcement agencies must obtain a search warrant before acquiring location data stored in cellphones and smartphones.

Three judges in the US Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit agreed on Wednesday that acquiring records of which cell towers connect to a smartphone and tablet, as well as when they connect, constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, which prevents unreasonable searches and seizures.

Click for the entire report plus the Opinion from ZD Net

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