In a landmark digital privacy case, the US Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant before obtaining cellphone location data about a suspect from telecoms. The case, Carpenter v. United States, stemmed from the police acquiring mobile phone location information about a robbery suspect without a warrant. Photo: AFP/Getty Images North America

In a win for digital privacy, US top court rules warrants are required for mobile phone location data

In a 5-4 decision, Supreme Court finds the police practise of obtaining such information from telecoms without a warrant amounts to unreasonable search and seizure

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In a landmark digital privacy case, the US Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant before obtaining cellphone location data about a suspect from telecoms. The case, Carpenter v. United States, stemmed from the police acquiring mobile phone location information about a robbery suspect without a warrant. Photo: AFP/Getty Images North America
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