The United States Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement will now need a warrant to get cell phone records to monitor people’s past movements. The case came from a series of robberies in Michigan and Ohio where the government obtained cellphone records that revealed the defendant’s location over the period of 127 days to link him to the crimes.
The Stored Communications Act of 1986 allowed the government to get those records as long as they had reasonable grounds to believe it would help a criminal investigation. A search warrant, which the Court now says is required, has a tougher standard.
While law enforcement may still be able to access immediate records, they will have a tougher time now with the need for search warrants to go back in time to just determine where a suspect may have been
USA Today – June 22, 2018 | Supreme Court cracks down on government snooping through cellphone location records