Sunday, September 09, 2012

New Missouri law shields cellphone providers from lawsuits

"Until recently, only federal law guided cellphone companies and local law enforcement in sharing location information of subscribers.

But in late August, Missouri enacted “Kelsey’s Law,” which requires, instead of simply allowing, cellphone carriers to provide to law enforcement the whereabouts of someone in an emergency.

The new state law also protects cellphone providers from lawsuits in the event of allegations of improperly releasing private records — giving Missouri law enforcement and cellphone companies more leeway than almost any other state in the country."

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