Senate Passes Privacy Protection Bill 

The Maine Senate has to protect the privacy of Mainers by requiring police to get a warrant before engaging in cell phone tracking.The bill passed Thursday night will require a warrant for law enforcement to engage in location tracking of cell phones and other GPS enabled devices in non-emergency situations. The amended bill waives the warrant requirement in emergencies and delays the notice requirement for 180 days at a time where notice would have an “adverse result” on the investigation.While some police departments around the country obtain a warrant before accessing an individual’s present or historical location information, there has been no statewide standard in Maine.