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Justices Reject Case Over Real-Time Phone Location Tracking

April 25, 2022, 1:54 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to weigh whether the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections are implicated when law enforcement uses cell carrier signals to reveal a person’s whereabouts in real time.

The justices rejected a case concerning robbery suspect Rex Hammond’s bid to suppress the use of his location in an investigation that led to his indictment.

The case raises an unanswered question from an earlier Supreme Court decision. In Carpenter v. United States, the justices ruled in 2018 that a warrant is required for law enforcement officials to access historical location data from cell towers. The previous case left ...