The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the government generally must have a warrant to gather location data from cellphones, The New York Times reports. The justices ruled 5-4 in the Carpenter v. United States case, and while the decision has implications for personal information held by third parties, such as emails and text messages, the ruling was limited. “We hold only that a warrant is required in the rare case where the suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party,” wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., for the majority. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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