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Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case

Location Tracking Warrants
Posted at 2:47 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 14:47:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A controversial investigative technique is getting its first real legal test in a federal courtroom in Richmond, where a judge is being asked to toss out evidence gathered through a geofence warrant in a Virginia bank robbery.

Unlike traditional warrants that identify a particular suspect, geofence warrants seek location history data from Google on electronic devices used near the scene of a crime.

Police use of these warrants is exploding.

Defense attorneys say the searches unconstitutionally ensnare innocent people and violate the privacy rights of anyone whose cellphone happens to be near a crime scene.