JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Sheriffs oppose effort to require law enforcement officers to acquire a warrant before tracking someone’s location on a cell phone.
A bill banning the type of warrantless search did not make it out of committee in Tallahassee last year. But a Florida Supreme Court ruling restricted the type of information law enforcement can gather from electronic devices.
Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford called it a valuable tool.
“It's not that we can go out and ping every cell phone that we wish. We have to go before a judge and get a court order,” Rutherford told a meeting of the Duval County Legislative Delegation.
He cited a case where the technology was used to help rescue an abducted mother and child.
The U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue of what information can be obtained from electronic devices during this year’s term.