White House Says Feds Should Have Unfettered Access To Mobile Phone Location Info

from the *sigh* dept

Many civil libertarians were hopeful that the Obama administration would be a lot more reasonable on certain issues, like warrantless wiretapping and surveillance of Americans. So far, that hasn't really been the case. The new administration has already sided with the old on the legality of warrantless wiretapping, and is now saying that it shouldn't need a warrant to demand location records from mobile phone providers. This certainly seems like the sort of private info that, under the 4th Amendment, would require a warrant, but not according to the administration(s). It feels that mobile phone providers should freely hand over records of what mobile phone tower any phone was connected to, even without the administration bothering to get a warrant (i.e., whenever and for whomever it wants to keep tabs on). This is tremendously problematic if you believe in the basic principles of the 4th Amendment. The EFF and the ACLU have asked a court to stop this practice, and it's rather disappointing that the administration is pushing in the other direction.

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    Joe Shmo, 19 Mar 2009 @ 5:12am

    This is getting redonkulous

    You blind followers of Hussien never seize to amaze me. Almost every single person he has appointed to office has been crooked in some way. Yet you trust him with this issue, which outraged you when it was the Bush admin? McCain wanted to tax health care benefiets which was horrible, now Obama wants to do the same and its a good idea right? If you think Bush was 1/4th as crooked as Obama, then you are either retarded, or need to stop watching CNN.
    @Cap'n Jack, how much can one man do? I dont know, execute 10 times the normal amount of executive orders as any president in history by his 3rd month. Spend 10 trillion dollars by his third month. Pass any bill he wants with the current officials in office in the Senate and House.
    This is a Stalinist dictatorship, if you think you weren't safe 4 months ago, hold on to your ass now.

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