New Mo. law on cellphone tracking gets busy signal with lawsuit

Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.

A lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Bolivar resident Mary Hopwood claims the Missouri law conflicts with a federal law governing the information that phone companies can share with law enforcement agencies.

Specifically, the suit claims the Missouri law takes away a phone company's discretion in providing cellphone information to police, and prevents cellphone customers from suing companies for releasing the information without good reason.

Missouri House member Jeanie Lauer, who sponsored the law, said she believed it was appropriate based on legal reviews during the legislative session.

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