Police departments will not need search warrants before using Stingrays to obtain tower and cell site information while tracking a suspect’s mobile phone. That’s the 12-3 ruling yesterday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court in Richmond, VA held that the Fourth Amendment permits law-enforcement officials access to records created by service providers that show which cell towers mobile phones connect to when they are in use, the Wall Street Journal reported.
With the full bench of the 4th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals voting, the decision allows investigators to
get the information under the legal theory that it has been disclosed to
third parties — in such instances, telephone companies, Politico said. Continue Reading