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Judge makes it harder for feds to see your cell phone records

09/09/10 09:31 AM

New developments in who gets to see your cell phone information.

A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania has ruled that judges may demand a warrant from investigators who tries to obtain location information from cell phones. Where you were when you made a call. It’s not an overwhelming precedent-setting move, it just says that judges can demand a warrant instead of a simple subpoena and it only applies to cell phone location data, not GPS data from smart phones.

The government had argued that anyone using a cell phone does not have a right to keep their location private. The judge in the case disagreed.

The whole matter gets a bit cloodgy in that the law governing this kind of situation dates back to 1986, prehistoric times in terms of where cell phone technology has come. All sides involved in the debate agree that there is a need for a fairly large update to recognize technological realities.

We talk to privacy attorney Al Gidari of Seattle law firm Perkins Coie. We also check in with Jim Dempsey, Vice-President for policy at The Center for Democracy and Technology, a privacy advocacy group.

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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL:, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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