NC ACLU Investigating Police Use of Cell Phone Tracking

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina is joining in a coast-to-coast effort to determine how often local law enforcement agencies use cell phones to track people.

The ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation said Wednesday it is sending records requests to all 100 county sheriffs and police departments in cities of more than 30,000 people in the state. The requests seek information and statistics showing how often individuals are tracked by their cell phones, and whether police have rules for deciding when a cell phone may be tracked.

The ACLU said it is sending hundreds of open records requests to law enforcement agencies in 31 states across the country.

Congress is considering a bill to force police to obtain a warrant before collecting cell phone location information.

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