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Court opinion upholds warrants for historical cellphone location data

Via ABA: “The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of a provision of the Stored Communications Act that allows the government to obtain court orders for telecommunications records. The law says the government must offer “specific and articulable facts” showing reason to believe the material sought is relevant and material to a criminal investigation. The New York Times, the National Law Journal and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.) have stories on the opinion (PDF) issued Tuesday. The ABA has a media alert summarizing the opinion.”

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