Courts have already had a lot to say about the constitutionality of warrantless cell phone location tracking. And there is reason to believe the secret surveillance court might not consider important precedent.
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An August decision by the secret surveillance court that reaffirmed the National Security Agency’s authority to maintain a database of phone metadata was released Tuesday, putting on full display for the first time the reasoning the court has used to authorize the program.
A government program revealed in newly released documents uses border stops as a basis for invasive seizures and searches of electronics that would otherwise be much more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.