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California Assembly OKs bill banning warrantless smartphone tracking

Source: Computerworld

Legislation would expand U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting GPS tracking of suspects’ vehicles without warrant

By Jaikumar Vijayan

The California State Assembly Wednesday voted to approve legislation that would prohibit state law enforcement personnel from obtaining location data from an individual’s GPS-enabled mobile devices without a warrant.

The bill still requires approval by the State Senate and the signature of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed an earlier, broader version of the legislation last year. More…