McKenna on KIRO: Police tracking your cell phone movements

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a cell phone privacy case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear next term. The case will probe whether there are constitutional protections regarding the police obtaining information about your cell phone’s location.

Dave Ross: “This is what the sheriff’s department uses when somebody goes missing with their cell phone, to see if they’ve careened off into a ditch somewhere?”

Rob McKenna: “Right. It’s routine to use the records from cell phone towers to try to track someone’s movements. They’re used in missing persons cases, for example.

“But increasingly, law enforcement will also try to track the movements of a suspect in a crime in order to figure out if a robbery suspect happened to be near the site of a robbery around the time it occurred – or at least, if his cell phone was near the robbery.

“So the question is, can law enforcement obtain records of your movements, based on cell phone tower data, without a search warrant?”

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