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Minnesota House members listen to Rep. Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as he explains a bill that would raise the bar on police tracking Minnesotans' mobile phones. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Bills regulate government tracking of mobile phones

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans might be surprised to learn that the government can track their movements.

"They are literally shocked that the government can access the location of your cell phone without notice," Rep. Joe Atkins, D-Inver Grove Heights, said Tuesday before a state House committee approved two bills to make it harder for law enforcement agencies to follow mobile phones and, thus, their owners.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.