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.

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    James, 3 Jul 2008 @ 7:08am

    Actually...

    ...its the shrub who thinks he's above the law.

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    Mike Allen, 3 Jul 2008 @ 7:57am

    you

    you cant impede a shrub but can impede a Bush.

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    Abdul, 3 Jul 2008 @ 8:56am

    With the increasing popularity of cellphone, it would not surprise me to se both government and private firms going after our mobile data.The more and more these phones get sophisticated, the more we are prone to these forms of monitoring. As this article pointed out, there are many miners out there for our data: Mining the Wisdom of Wireless Crowds(http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=526&doc_id=156444&F_src=flftwo )

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    aaron, 3 Jul 2008 @ 10:19am

    do as they please

    I would rather have a government that is proactive and hands free to protect itself and its people; then to have a reactive government with hands so tied with red tape that nothing ever gets done.

    Oh wait we already have that kind of government. That's why 9/11 happened, that's why katrina isn't fixed, that's why the midwest is still flooding.

    Government needs to have the ability to do what is required to solve (not patch up) a problem. But it can't, not when it has to pass 5 million peoples approval who think that they as an individual are so special that the situation demands their attention so that they can all be happy thus ruining the intention and purpose of anything the government tries to do.

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      daretoeatapeach, 3 Jul 2008 @ 11:34am

      Re: do as they please

      Since when is getting a warrant "5 million peoples' approval"? Protection against unwarranted searches was one of the reasons we had the American revolution. Are you saying you are against the Fourth Amendment? If so, you should be lobbying to have the Constitution changed, not ignored. But as it stands, having millions of users private content redirected to a secret room in the NSA is a clear violation of the Constitution. But you're correct, we should just give away all our rights, burn the Constitution, and live in a police state. Only then will we really be safe (note sarcasm).

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      Tony Wilson, 4 Jul 2008 @ 7:05pm

      Re: do as they please

      So, you support the idea of a Government doing as it pleases to protect itself FROM IT'S OWN PEOPLE.

      IE, if the people don't like what the politicians are doing, well, just get rid of those people, right? I mean they have to protect themselves from those who would seek to remove their power or corruption.

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    The Government, 3 Jul 2008 @ 10:45am

    Don't you understand?

    I AM THE LAW!

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    me, 3 Jul 2008 @ 10:54am

    we need them to be on it

    IF YOUR DOING ANY THING WRONG THEN DON'T WORRY ABOUT !!!!

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jul 2008 @ 6:11pm

    aaron, really - wtf
    gotta be a troll

    Just turn the stupid thing off, you have the answering service

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