Kentucky Court of Appeals Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Pinging by Police

February 2020

In a significant decision, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that law enforcement must obtain a court warrant before using real-time cell phone data, commonly known as "pinging," to track the location of an individual, as reported by The court emphasized the importance of protecting privacy rights, stating that the process raises significant concerns in that regard. Judge Denise Clayton emphasized that individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cell phone location information. The court did acknowledge that there may be exceptions in compelling cases where immediate action is necessary and justified.

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