Maryland court: phone location info is private

www.mdcourts.gov

A Maryland court was asked to weigh in on the constitutionality of evidence collected by police using so-called Stingrays for warrantless tracking.

The court wrote: "We conclude that people have a reasonable expectation that their cell phones will not be used as real-time tracking devices by law enforcement, and—recognizing that the Fourth Amendment protects people and not simply areas—that people have an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in real-time cell phone location information."

Mobile phones are so essential to modern life that applying the traditional idea that one has no expectation of privacy because she has provided her location information via her mobile would mean that there is no such thing as privacy. I hope other courts, politicians and the public will come around to the same conclusion as this court.

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