New Jersey Supreme Court: Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Accessing Cell Phone Location Information
State v. Earls
By Casey Clausen – Edited by Mary Grinman
On July 18, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed and remanded an Appellate Division judgment. The court held that the New Jersey Constitution protects an individual’s privacy interest in the location information transmitted by a cell phone, which can be used by police as a tracking device. Under the ruling, police must obtain a search warrant before accessing that information.