Law enforcement agencies in Illinois can track your location from your cell phones and GPS systems in your car, even if they don’t have a warrant. A proposed bill in Springfield would require law enforcement agencies to get a tracking warrant, similar to a search warrant, before getting access to the information.
Democratic State Senator Daniel Biss of Skokie says the current practice by some in law enforcement impedes on people’s privacy.
And, before a judge would approve the warrant, the agencies would have to prove that the information is vital to their criminal investigation. If the information is obtained without a warrant, it wouldn’t be allowed during court proceedings. The Senate is expected to debate the proposal in the coming weeks.
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