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Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says


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Cell phone tower

A cell phone tower above downtown Beatrice, Neb., is a resting spot for buzzards in April.

Credit: Nati Harnik/AP file

In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing the location of an individual's cell phone without obtaining a warrant.

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