U.S. Courts: Government needs probable cause to access your cell phone records


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Last month we told informed you of the troubling news that U.S. border guards now had the right to seize any information stored on your BlackBerrys recordable media, and gave you a link to possible workarounds.

Now we’re glad to report a victory for civil liberties and mobile enthusiasts. Judge Terrence McVerry of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania affirmed that February’s decision by Magistrate Judge Lucy P. Lenihan requiring investigators to seek a probable cause warrant before acquiring historical records of a cell phone users physical movements was “not clearly erroneous or contrary to law.” This decision comes after the Justice Department had asked McVerry to overturn Lenihan’s order.

While it’s good to know that the U.S. government can’t (yet) track your every movement without a reason, the issue of mobile presence and information sharing is still a sticky one. Ars Technica has a great rundown of the relevant issues, which is a must read for any BlackBerry user and American citizen. Check it out.

(via BerryReview)