Bill Would Give Michigan Police Cellphone Location Data

Courtesy of MLive

LANSING, MI (AP) – The state House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cellphone location information with law enforcement during emergencies.

Action is expected Thursday.

Applicable emergencies would be limited to those where there is serious risk of death or physical harm, eliminating the need for a search warrant.

The proposed legislation is based on Kelsey’s Law, which was prompted by the killing of a woman in Kansas in 2007. It reportedly took several days for Kelsey Smith’s cellphone carrier to release location data from her phone to law enforcement after she was abducted.

Her body was located within an hour after the information was released.

Similar legislation has passed in 16 other states, including Kansas.

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