Should the government be able to track criminals using cell-towers? While this process is convenient for law enforcement non-criminals will also be susceptible to an invasion of their privacy. The legal crossroads comes as a record number of Americans are embracing mobile phones, which are a de facto style of tracking device consumers willingly place in their pockets and purses. As of December, there were 326.4 million wireless subscriber accounts, exceeding the U.S. population, responsible for 2.30 trillion annual minutes of calls, according to the Wireless Association.
Last year courts were having issues with deciding if police could secretly affix a GPS device on a suspect’s car without a warrant. And now the latest warrantless crime-fighting method of choice is equally up in the air. The issue has never been squarely addressed by the Supreme Court, and the dispute isn’t likely to be heard by the justices any time soon
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