Category Archives: Cell site location information

MD: Court order to access def’s location from murder victim’s cell phone by cell site simulator was in good faith

The use of a cell site simulator to find defendant who was suspected of having taken his alleged murder victim’s cell phone was done in objective good faith because officers relied on an order to initiate the tracking. [Since Maryland … Continue reading

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D.R.I.: Warrantless ping of def’s cell phone was based on exigency of threatened suicide

Defendant sent texts suggesting he’d commit suicide rather than go to prison for child pornography, something he’d been involved with before. The officers had exigent circumstances to have his cell phone pinged to find him. There was a factual dispute … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Seizure of months of CSLI was proper to connect def to a particular place

Months of historical CSLI, rather than just three day’s worth, was properly acquired by the government to show defendant’s connections to the property at issue. The third party doctrine provides defendant no relief [yet]. United States v. Serrano, 2017 U.S. … Continue reading

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WaPo: Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years

WaPo: Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years by Spencer S. Hsu:

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CA2 looks at CSLI anew and still finds warrant not required

The Second Circuit declines to find its precedent in In re Application of the United States for an Order Directing a Provider of Electronic Communication Service to Disclose Records to the Government was still binding. Looking at the issue anew … Continue reading

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MA: No PC shown for text messages, but PC shown for CSLI information

The state could not show that defendant’s text messages would show his connection with a murder, so the text messages were properly suppressed. The ubiquity of cell phones, however, does provide probable cause to believe that it might show the … Continue reading

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Investor’s Business Daily: Betsy McCaughey: How Privacy Purists Are Helping Criminals [No they’re not and she doesn’t get how it all works.]

Investor’s Business Daily: Betsy McCaughey: How Privacy Purists Are Helping Criminals:

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Motherboard: The Supreme Court Phone Location Case Will Decide the Future of Privacy

Motherboard: The Supreme Court Phone Location Case Will Decide the Future of Privacy by Stephen Vladeck: Later this year, the Supreme Court will decide if police can track a person’s cell phone location without a warrant. It’s the most important … Continue reading

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More news on CSLI cert grant

MIT Technology Review: Warrantless Tracking of Cell Phone Location Data by the Police Could Get Harder EFF: Supreme Court Will Hear Significant Cell Phone Tracking Case techdirt: Supreme Court To Consider Fourth Amendment Implications Of Cell Site Location Info Digital … Continue reading

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CA6: Realtime cell phone GPS tracking of a fugitive for 7+ hours was not a “search”

Realtime cell phone GPS tracking of a fugitive for 7+ hours was not a “search” under the Fourth Amendment, following United States v. Skinner, 690 F.3d 772, 781 (6th Cir. 2012). United States v. Riley, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9900 … Continue reading

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