Law360: Takeaways from 11th Circ. Ruling on Cell Tracking


The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the government does not have to obtain a search warrant to compel cellphone companies to disclose historical cell tower location information (“CTLI”) under the Stored Communications Act (18 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq.). United States v. Davis, No. 12­12928, (11th Cir. May 5, 2015) (en banc).

Historical CTLI is the number assigned to a cell tower that connected calls to and from a cellphone and the sector number associated with that tower, indicating the geographic location of the tower and the general direction of the phone user from the tower.

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