The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Supreme Court unanimously decided to include cellphone location data in a person's right to privacy. "This extraordinarily powerful surveillance tool finds no analog in the traditional surveillance methods of law enforcement and therefore grants police unfettered access 'to a category of information otherwise unknowable,'" wrote Justice Scott Kafker, who joined fellow judges in calling for state constitutional protections to keep pace with evolving technology. The ruling prohibits police from demanding phone companies to turn over cell tower location information and will require authorities to obtain a search warrant for such data. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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