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ACLU Finds Nevada Police Use Cellphone Tracking

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada police have tracked the movements of people through their cellphones, sometimes without obtaining proper court approval.

That’s according to court records and public documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.

A deputy Clark County public defender, Dan Silverstein, tells the Las Vegas Sun that cellphone tracking without a court warrant is a key civil liberty issue and constitutional concern.

Silverstein is past president of a defense lawyers’ group that has asked judges about cellphone tracking without warrants.

Las Vegas police tell the ACLU that investigators sought 800 cellphone records over four years from mid-2007 to mid-2011.

It’s not clear whether those requests were for call logs or for cellphone location.

Police say they make requests to track cellphones based on a probable cause standard.

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