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Maine may be first state to require a warrant for cell-phone tracking

Jaikumar Vijayan | June 4, 2013
Bill sought by privacy groups passes legislature, headed for state Senate, governor's signature

Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department, state police and others in law enforcement have argued that warrantless tracking is vital because it enables them to go after criminal suspects more quickly while allowing them to rule out innocent people equally as quickly.

According to a report by the Maine Public Broadcast Network , the Maine State Police, the Chiefs of Police Association and, state Attorney General Janet Mills are all opposed to LD 415. The story quotes a former Maine state trooper as wondering why the bill is necessary considering that no complaints have been filed over warrantless cell-phone tracking by anyone in the state.

The Maine State Police and the state attorney general's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill.


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