Expectations of Privacy: Location Matters
Jane Brown authored an article titled “Expectations of Privacy: Location Matters.” In the article, Brown discusses what cellphone data law enforcement can access based from your cellphone usage and what steps you can take to protect your privacy.
Depending on where you use your cellphone, law enforcement may obtain your location records from your wireless provider without a court order or warrant — neither is required in Washington state. In urban areas where there are multiple cell towers, a phone’s location can be identified to within half a mile. Turning off your location services or powering down the cellphone alone will not shield you from law enforcement.