July 15, 2019 Technology

Is the Reverse Location Search Warrant Heading in the Wrong Direction?

Daniel K. Gelb

A “reverse location search warrant” is an emerging tool utilized by law enforcement officials to virtually canvass a geographical area, during a certain period of time. The process essentially consists of two phases. The government first applies for the “reverse location search warrant” to narrow the pool of potential cell phones in the vicinity of the alleged criminal activity under investigation. In the second phase of the search, the government applies for a subsequent warrant to search more detailed usage records for those individual(s) the government can identify based on the initial reverse locational search.

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