Police need warrants to track cell-phone data, N.J. Supreme Court rules
“Cell phones are not meant to serve as tracking devices to locate their owners wherever they may be,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote in the 7-0 decision.
Rabner wrote that cell phones have evolved to where location signals go out every seven seconds, and police can pinpoint someone’s location “within feet in some instances.” Because that information can map out a person’s entire life — from their political activities to their shopping habits — police must get a warrant before seeking it, the court ruled.
“People buy cell phones to communicate with others, to use the internet, and for a growing number of other reasons,” Rabner wrote. “But no one buys a cell phone to share detailed information about their whereabouts with the police.”
“No one buys a cell phone to share detailed information about their whereabouts with the police.”
This quorum of 7 Supreme Court Judges certainly have a way with words.