Ohio lawmakers: Let police locate cellphones

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Police would be allowed to collect limited cellphone data during emergencies under a controversial bill approved by an Ohio House committee.

The action was approved by the committee in Columbus on Tuesday -- despite the concerns of civil liberties groups that authorities could abuse the law.

If passed by the Legislature, it would require cellphone carriers to provide data about a user's location during an abduction or other emergency.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the committee -- at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups -- added language making it clear that police would need a warrant to access the data in non-emergency situations.

Twelve other states already have a similar law.

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