Wis. Assembly to vote on cell phone tracking bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on a bill that would bar police from tracking cellphone locations without a warrant.

The warrant application would have to identify the phone, the owners or whoever is possessing it, the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause to believe criminal activity has been, is or will be afoot and how tracking the device will yield relevant information.

The bill passed the Assembly’s judiciary committee on a 9-0 vote earlier this month. The full Assembly is set to take it up Thursday.

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