Police need a warrant for cellphone tracking

I've had this article in my backlog since 2008, and normally I would just toss out something that old.  But given recent events I figured it was worth posting:
The government cannot force your cellphone provider to turn over stored records about your location without proving to a judge there is probable cause you have violated the law, a federal district court ruled Wednesday.
So, the police need a warrant to collect this information on one person but the NSA doesn't need a warrant to collect it from everyone?  What has changed about this since 2008?

And if you want a little bit of prescience, check this out about how police use metadata:
"Law enforcement uses the fact that the suspect?s phone contacted the cell tower nearest his home to infer he is home, nearest the narcotic?s kingpin?s house to infer that they are together, nearest the drop off point  to argue that he was present when the contraband was delivered," the groups wrote. "One can also imagine that the government can ask for all the numbers that made calls through the tower nearest a political rally to infer that those callers attended the rally."
These issues have been around for a long time.  It's just that when a "progressive" president was in power, they became less important to the press until he had been safely reelected and they realized that the Department of Justice was targeting them, too.

This entry was published Sat Jul 27 19:05:08 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-07-27 19:05:08.0. [Tweet]

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