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Maine Senate OKs cellphone privacy bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill aimed at protecting the privacy of cellphone users has won an initial vote of approval in the Maine Senate.

The bill, which was approved Thursday night, would require police to get a warrant before engaging in location tracking of cellphones and other GPS-enabled devices in non-emergency situations.

A warrant wouldn't be required in emergency situations, and the bill waives the notice requirement for 180 days if it would have an "adverse result" on the investigation. Some police departments around the country already require police to get warrants before accessing someone's location, but there's no statewide standard in Maine.

The bill faces further House and Senate votes.

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