Sunday, April 1, 2012

Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool

The telecom companies are actually marketing their spying/tracking services to the police because they charges fees and generate revenue. Why hasn't somebody started a mobile phone company that refuses to track anybody or furnish any mobile phone records without a warrant?
Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show. The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services....Cell carriers, staffed with special law enforcement liaison teams, charge police departments from a few hundred dollars for locating a phone to more than $2,200 for a full-scale wiretap of a suspect, records show.
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The New York Times