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Federal appeals court rules that Fourth Amendment protects cell phone location data

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that cell phone tower tracking data used to convict a Miami man for a string of arm robberies that resulted in a 162-year prison sentence violated his constitutional right of privacy. The ruling, however, is little relief…

Supreme Court’s DNA ruling is yet another blow to civil liberties

A divided US supreme court ruled this week to uphold a Maryland law that allows the police to collect without warrant DNA material from persons who are arrested. The 5-4 decision was greeted with dismay by civil liberties advocates who see it as a body-blow to privacy and a further…