Senator Wyden Proposing Legislation Requiring Warrants For Law Enforcement To Get Device Location Info

from the good-for-him dept

Senator Ron Wyden is quickly becoming a politician to be proud of on issues that we feel are important. We've already seen him single-handedly stand up to COICA (and forcefully stand behind that position after facing ridiculous lobbying pressure). He also was one of a very small number of US politicians who has publicly expressed concerns about ACTA. But it's not just on copyright issues. Senator Wyden is now proposing a new law that would require that law enforcement get a warrant before being able to get location info from mobile devices.

While there are still some differing opinions in the courts on the legality of obtaining location info without a warrant, law enforcement has pushed hard to not need a warrant to get such info, preferring to just use a subpoena (basically just asking with no real judicial review). Wyden believes this is wrong, and a violation of basic privacy principles:
"If you asked most Americans, I think they would tell you that surreptitiously turning somebody's cell phone into a modern-day tracking device ... and using it to monitor their movements, 24/7, is a pretty serious intrusion into their privacy, pretty much comparable to searching their house or tapping their phone calls."
It's so rare to see a politician say things we agree with that it seems worth highlighting. Who knows if this will actually get anywhere (chances are it won't), but Wyden still deserves kudos.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 1:29pm

    I can't believe I'm saying this about an elected official, but I'm proud that Senator Wyden represents my state. I can't even remember the last time that someone in congress actually gave a shit about the same things as I do.

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 1:37pm

    Trap is set...

    Let's see if we can get all the normal trolls under a single thread to be ignored after...

    ~ahem~

    BUT IF YOU ARE DOING NOTHING WRONG, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!

    COICA AND ACTA ARE REQUIRED TO INSURE THE INCOME OF MUSICIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!

    MIKE IS AN IDIOT BECAUSE HE [INSERT AD HOMINIM, UNSUPPORTED ATTACK HERE] SO THEREFOR, HE MUST BE WRONG HERE!!

    LOL!! BUT PIRACY!! FREETARD!! .TORRENT = CRIME!! TD-SHEEPLE!!


    Did I cover them all?

    Sorry, it's Friday and I'm itchen to get home. Feeling a mite silly.

     

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    Jeff, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 1:45pm

    beer

    Senator Wyden, may I buy you a beer? Cheers and Bravo! :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 1:49pm

    Good for him. I hope his ideas spread.

     

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    Keith (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:32pm

    I wish my Senator would stand with this guy instead of against him (my senator being Orrin Hatch). I've written him (Sen. Hatch) a couple of times and all I get back is some bogus claims about job loss and protecting IP rights. It sickens me.

     

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      Atkray (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 8:41pm

      Re:

      That funster hatch sends me the same form letter every time. I'm going to Write Lee and tell him he needs to get on board Wyden's IP train.

       

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    Ben Wallace, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:34pm

    Senator Wyden

    Makes me want to move to that man's state,
    AND VOTE for him. I'd also buy him a beer

     

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    thestevetorres (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:35pm

    Thumbs up for doing your job, Everyone else is fired.

    It's about time somebody represents the people and not the government, while in office.

     

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      Jay (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 11:58pm

      Re: Thumbs up for doing your job, Everyone else is fired.

      "It's about time somebody represents the people and not the , corporations while in office.

      FTFY. :)

       

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    papapump (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:43pm

    Wyden rocks!

    I've been an Oregonian for about 2.5 years, and I've been repeatedly impressed with Wyden. As anon said above, it's nice to see someone in Washington that you share a lot of values with.

    I'm sure Wyden's got a few issues that I disagree with him on (He's 61, I'm almost 31), but he seems to make me proud as one of my State's representatives over and over again.

    Wyden is a true progressive. It's hard to find that in Washington, where, regardless of what the NeoCons tell you, most lean somewhat conservative.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:53pm

      Re: Wyden rocks!

      (I made the above comment)

      I've lived in Oregon my entire life, and I used to really dislike Wyden. When he voted to repeal the estate tax about ten years ago, even rejecting the compromise that the tax only apply to estates worth more than $10 million, I declared loudly that I would never have another nice thing to say about him. He has really turned it around, though.

      He even seems to be steering Senator Jeff Merkeley (our junior senator) in the right direction. When Senator Wyden recently fought to eliminate the "secret hold" rule in the Senate, Merkeley simultaneously pushed the more radical (but not adopted) proposal to disallow the use of the filabuster. I'm hoping that they can continue to act in tandem like this, with Wyden pushing a good compromise while Merkeley attempts a hail Mary.

      Welcome to Oregon, by the way. We're happy to have you.

       

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        Jay (profile), Jan 29th, 2011 @ 12:00am

        Re: Re: Wyden rocks!

        If I may ask, what is so bad about the estate tax? I can see that as a not really needed.

        Regardless, I am going to call Wyden myself and say nice job.

        No, I'm not in that state, but my Senator is so bad, I sure as hell have no business trying to talk to him...

        Sad that I gotta put up with that isn't it?

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2011 @ 4:23pm

          Re: Re: Re: Wyden rocks!

          The estate tax, even with the proposed caps, was a good thing for two reasons:

          a) My estate will be worth significantly less than $10 million (or the $2 million that the cap used to be at), so I'm in favor of it because it taxes somebody other than myself. "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that feller behind the tree." Same reason why I'm for tobacco taxes (I don't smoke).

          b) It hinders the creation of financial aristocracies (e.g. Rockefeller, Bush, Hearst, Kennedy, etc.). We have too many as it is. I think Warren Buffet put it best when he awkwardly said something along the lines of "I don't believe you should be financially rewarded for having come from a particular womb." I'm butchering the quote, I'm sure, but the sentiment is the same.

           

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    Overcast (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:50pm

    "BUT IF YOU ARE DOING NOTHING WRONG, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!"

    Wikileaks.

    Enough said?

    If they are to say that applies to 'citizens' - why not government then?

     

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    Redneck Republican from Nowhere Central Oregon, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 3:45pm

    Good Job Senator Wyden

    Being a Redneck Republican from Nowhere Central Oregon. It pains me to say it ..... I'm glad he represents me. I've watched him go from a mealy mouthed elder advocate on the Portland news to a decent senator.
    After years of reading Techdirt, it is good to see see something green growing in the Dirt.

     

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      papapump (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 4:41pm

      Re: Good Job Senator Wyden

      Heheh...Nowhere, OR...we do have Boring, so it wouldn't suprise me.

      Funny though, the spectrum of Oregonian politics. I'm a redneck libertarian/progressive/fence-rider from Noth Cal living in Eastern Oregon. I'm surrounded by people who vote Republican because it's what they know is right (heheh). I'll vote either way because there's a fat chance I'll see a Libertarian in office soon. Rather, I'll vote for the least "establishment" candidate. What a conundrum Obama vs McCain was. Anyhow, I'm happy to see another rural Orgonian that can see a politician for their record, rather than their party.

      Wyden has some pro-gun-control stuff that doesn't click w/ me, but in general, he seems to stick up for his constituents rather than our Reptilian Corperate Overlords.

       

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    Oh God, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 5:21pm

    There's always one

    pigeon in the wood pile who prove that not all politicians are greedy bloodsucking parasites living the life of riley off unearned backhanders. Sen. Wyden might not be the most perfect human ever to have lived - but pretty damn close in these days.

     

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    HemiTemi, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 7:26pm

    Wow, Pretty scary stuff dude.

     

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