The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a case on whether the Constitution requires law enforcement to get a warrant before obtaining cellphone location data for particular users.

The case, Carpenter v. United States, is the most significant legal dispute at the intersection between technology and the Fourth Amendment since the high court unanimously ruled in 2014 that the law forbids authorities from conducting warrantless searches of the contents of smartphones and similar devices. The Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The extent to which prosecutors and other law enforcement officials can request cell-phone location data has long vexed lower courts — in part because the data is “third-party” information that’s in possession of telecommunication companies, not the targeted users themselves.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Supreme Court To Review Whether Cops Need A Warrant To Obtain Your Phone’s Location