David Harris in the Tribune Review on Third Circuit’s cell phone tower information ruling

Professor David Harris commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Tuesday’s Third Circuit ruling concerning the government’s need for a warrant to obtain information on the cell phone towers carrying a defendant’s phone signal. The government has used this type of information to argue to juries in other cases that a defendant is reasonably likely to be in one or another location, but in this case argued that they did not need a warrant because tower information was not the same as more precise cell phone tracking information. “This is tracking technology by any other name and, because of that, should be treated like any other tracking technology,” Harris said.


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