U.S. law enforcement and other government agencies would need a court order to purchase mobile phone location data or similar information under a legislative proposal in the Senate.
The bill from Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and 18 other senators, introduced Wednesday, seeks to close what they call a legal loophole that allows for acquiring such information from data brokers without a warrant.
Government agencies usually need a court-ordered warrant to obtain location data directly from phone companies. But bulk information purchased from third-party data brokers falls into a gray area of privacy and security law.