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US authorities can track cellphones without warrant: Judge

'“Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geolocation technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the prospective of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off,” New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown wrote recently, Russia Today reported on Friday.

The rights group American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has denounced Brown's decision as “ridiculous.”Chris Soghoian, a principal technologist and senior policy analyst at the ACLU, issued a statement saying, “There is a big difference between location information you knowingly share with a select group of friends (or, in fact, the world) and information collected about you without your knowledge or consent.”'

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