4th Circ. View Of Cell Site Tracking May Lead To High Court


The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the government violated the Fourth Amendment when it used a court order pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (18 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq., the “SCA”) to obtain historical cell site location information (“CSLI”). Historical CSLI identifies the cell tower sites to which cellular phones connect while they are in service. Investigators can use CSLI to reconstruct a cellphone user’s whereabouts over time.

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