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On Nov. 29, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case in which the police had, over a period of 127 days, collected petitioner’s location from signals given off by his cell phone. (Carpenter v. United States). This was done without a search warrant and resulted in Carpenter being arrested in connection with a number of armed robberies which had occurred in the states of Michigan and Ohio. The court is now considering whether, when the government seeks to track what are referred to as digital footprints, it must first obtain a search warrant based upon probable cause.

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