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More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance

Posted By admin On July 9, 2012 @ 1:45 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

ERIC LICHTBLAU
New York Times [1]
Monday, July 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.

The cellphone carriers’ reports, which come in response to a Congressional inquiry, document an explosion in cellphone surveillance in the last five years, with the companies turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests.

The reports also reveal a sometimes uneasy partnership with law enforcement agencies, with the carriers frequently rejecting demands that they considered legally questionable or unjustified. At least one carrier even referred some inappropriate requests to the F.B.I.

The information represents the first time data have been collected nationally on the frequency of cell surveillance by law enforcement. The volume of the requests reported by the carriers — which most likely involve several million subscribers — surprised even some officials who have closely followed the growth of cell surveillance.

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[1] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/us/cell-carriers-see-uptick-in-requests-to-aid-surveillance.html?_r=1&hp

[2] Huge Increase in Demand for Cellphone Data by Government: http://www.prisonplanet.com/huge-increase-in-demand-for-cellphone-data-by-government.html

[3] Cell Phone Surveillance: Some Cell Phones Record Your Location Hundreds Of Times A Day: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cell-phone-surveillance-some-cell-phones-record-your-location-hundreds-of-times-a-day.html

[4] New e-mails reveal Feds not “forthright” about fake cell tower devices: http://www.prisonplanet.com/new-e-mails-reveal-feds-not-%e2%80%9cforthright%e2%80%9d-about-fake-cell-tower-devices.html

[5] Government claims Americans have ‘no reasonable expectation of privacy’ with cell phone usage: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-claims-americans-have-no-reasonable-expectation-of-privacy-with-cell-phone-usage.html

[6] Cellphone carriers retain customer data for up to 7 years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cellphone-carriers-retain-customer-data-for-up-to-7-years.html

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