Seventy-four percent of North Carolina voters think police should have to get a warrant or an order from a judge before they track someone’s cell phone calls, according to a new poll.
Respondents would support making that a law, the Public Policy Polling survey found.
The poll follows a nationwide study earlier this year by the American Civil Liberties Union of how law enforcement obtains phone records. The study raised questions about whether current laws are adequate for the changing technology.
It found in North Carolina, many law enforcement agencies routinely track cell phone locations and other information without a judge’s order or a warrant.
The poll by the Democratic-leaning firm polled 810 voters from June 7 to 10.
“These results show that an overwhelmingly majority of North Carolina voters value privacy rights and believe law enforcement across the state should follow a uniform policy when seeking to obtain personal cell phone information,” said Sarah Preston, Policy Director for the ACLU-NC, in a news release about the poll. “The information transmitted through our cell phones – from where we travel to who we communicate with – is extremely sensitive and personal, and North Carolina voters clearly want to ensure that police obtain and retain such data only when a judge agrees that they have probable cause to do so.”