“The public has a right to know how and under what circumstances their location information is being accessed by the government,” said Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the ACLU. “A detailed history of someone's movements is extremely personal and is the kind of information the Constitution protects.”
The ACLU requested information on how often police obtain cellphone location data and how much money they spend tracking cellphones. The requests also asked whether police demonstrate probable cause and obtain a warrant before accessing the data.
Apple came under scrutiny after reports in April revealed iPhones store data on their locations.
Last month, Matthew Olsen, nominated to head the National Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate panel that the government might have the authority under the PATRIOT Act to track Americans using their cellphone data.
Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress needs to step up on crypto, or Biden might crush it Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision Best shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say MORE (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE (R-Utah) introduced bills in June to create guidelines for when the government can track cellphone data.
Also in June, Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a measure that would require firms such as Apple and Google along with app developers to obtain consent before collecting or sharing consumers' location data.