Alito wrote a concurring opinion that questioned the amount of time Jones was tracked without a warrant – implying that shorter periods of tracking might be acceptable. Sotomayor wrote a third opinion agreeing with the first two and flirting with the idea that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy even when they voluntarily disclose information to third parties (like cell companies), but stopped short of making a ruling to that effect.
In other words: Today was a good day for us privacy fans, but the battle for location privacy has only just begun.
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