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UPDATE: Wis. Senate passes cellphone tracking ban

UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 4:42 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police would be prohibited from tracking cellphone locations without a warrant under a bill headed to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday on a voice vote. The Assembly approved it last week.

Under the bill, police would have to submit details about their investigation in the application for a warrant to track a cellphone.

That information would include the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause to believe there is criminal activity. Police would also have to decide how tracking the phone would yield relevant information.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 7:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill that would prohibit police from tracking cellphone locations without a warrant.

The measure up for a vote Tuesday passed the Assembly last week without opposition.

Under the bill, police would have to submit details about their investigation in the application for a warrant to track a cellphone.

That information would include the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause to believe there is criminal activity. Police would also have to decide how tracking the phone would yield relevant information.

If the bill passes the Senate, it would head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 4:07 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would bar police from tracking cellphone locations without a warrant.

The warrant application would have to identify the phone, the owners or whoever is possessing it, the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause to believe criminal activity has been, is or will be afoot and how tracking the device will yield relevant information.

The bill passed the Assembly's judiciary committee on a 9-0 vote earlier this month. The full Assembly approved it on a voice vote Thursday.

The measure goes next to the state Senate

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 9:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on a bill that would bar police from tracking cellphone locations without a warrant.

The warrant application would have to identify the phone, the owners or whoever is possessing it, the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause to believe criminal activity has been, is or will be afoot and how tracking the device will yield relevant information.

The bill passed the Assembly's judiciary committee on a 9-0 vote earlier this month. The full Assembly is set to take it up Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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