- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A bill that requires a court order before government agencies can access location data on cell phones and other electronic devices is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Both House and Senate approved the bill Wednesday after it came out of conference committee. Dayton plans to sign it.

Government agencies can get tracking warrants only if they show probable cause. Exceptions include during emergency situations and if the device’s owner or user consents.

Tracking warrants would expire after 60 days, but could be extended by a court. People who have their information accessed would have to be notified within 90 days of a warrant being unsealed.

The legislation includes a requirement that the court system report to the Legislature every two years on how many tracking warrants are approved and denied.



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