EFF, ACLU Sue To Find Out Details Of Gov't Use Of Mobile Phone Data To Track People
from the it's-like-your-own-personal-beacon dept
Back in November, the news broke on the Friday after Thanksgiving that the federal government routinely asked for and received information from mobile phone operators about the location of various mobile phones (effectively tracking their owners) without bothering to show any sort of probable cause. This should raise plenty of concern (especially combined with the warrantless wiretapping program), as it effectively would mean that if you own a mobile phone, you’ve given the gov’t the freedom to figure out where you are at any moment in time with no probable cause.
The EFF and the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests to find out details of the program, which were (not surprisingly) denied by the Justice Department. The two organizations have now sued the government to find out more about these programs. Given the government’s reaction to similar lawsuits on wiretapping, don’t expect much info to come out of this lawsuit — and do expect a vigorous attempt to get the case dismissed with various bogus claims of “state secrets” and “national security.” It all comes down to the same basic thing, though. The government seems to think it’s above the law.