On Your Side Investigators: Lawmakers tackles cell phone tracking

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -Your phone isn't just a phone anymore, it's also a tracking device. Police are dialing up the cell phone companies more and more, often asking for specific information - like a user's whereabouts or even a call log. Under current law, they do not need a search warrant.

The top cell phone companies revealed they'd responded to 1.3 million law enforcement demands for subscribers information. The On Your Side Investigators uncovered how Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico County all use the tactic.

Republican delegate Bob Marshall says it's got to stop.

"Just keep stepping around this, like some people want to do too often, is to jeopardize your life and your liberty," said Marshall during a phone interview.

Marshall has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to be considered tracking devices. Police would need a warrant from a judge before phone companies hand over location data.

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