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Senate Oks bill restricting cell phone tracking

May 14, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation that requires police to get a court order before government agencies can access location data on cell phones and other electronic devices.

The measure passed by a 63-1 vote Wednesday was worked out in a conference committee with House members. The full House now votes on the bill.

Government agencies may obtain tracking warrants only if they show probable cause. Exceptions include during emergency situations and if the device's owner or user consents.

Tracking warrants would expire after 60 days, but could be extended by a court. People who have their information accessed would have to be notified within 90 days of a warrant being unsealed.

 
 

 

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