Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Communications

October 15, 2011
PrintCommentRSS

Cops need permission, but no warrant, for cell phone data

A federal judge says police need a judge's permission to get cell phone companies to turn over data

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A federal judge says police need a judge's permission, but not a warrant, to get cellphone companies to turn over data showing where a suspect used his cellphone.

The order came down earlier this month from Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

A lower court judge had ruled earlier that police needed a warrant before forcing a cellphone carrier to turn over records showing where a bank robbery suspect had used his phone. Cellphone carriers keep records of where cellphones are used by tracking the towers used to transmit signals.

Lamberth ruled that police did not need a warrant. However, he did say police have to explain to a judge why that information is relevant to their investigation.

Associated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample