Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesn’t Know How to Evade Location Tracking

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 5:39 pm

In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would “alert law violators”—otherwise known as criminals—to how to [...]

NSA Collects Leaked Location Data from Mobile Apps in Ad-Targeting Efforts

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:05 am

Latest revelations from National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden renew focus on the need for online companies to provide users with better controls so “unique identifiers” do not aid the government in warrantless surveillance. The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani reported yesterday that a slide from an [...]

NSA Has a Massive Program Which ‘Incidentally’ Collects Cell Location Data of Millions of Americans

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:18 pm

New documents from former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA is storing location data from “at least hundreds of millions of devices.” The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Koltani write, “The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” This enables [...]

DOJ Hid Routine Use of ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Technology from Federal Magistrate Judges

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 2:13 pm

The FBI currently uses technology, which acts as a fake cell phone tower to track and locate phones being used by targets. Known as “Stingray,” the technology can locate, interfere and intercept communications. The use of this technology is being challenged in the case of Daniel Rigmaiden, a “hacker” who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, [...]

US Law Enforcement’s Explosion in Cell Phone Surveillance

By: Monday July 9, 2012 12:32 pm

Wireless carriers have experienced an “explosion” in surveillance over the last five years. Carriers have responded to at least 1.3 million demands for “subscriber data” during the last year and have been “turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests,” according to Eric [...]

ACLU: US Law Enforcement Often Track Cell Phones Without a Warrant

By: Monday April 2, 2012 2:42 pm

Public records from local and state law enforcement agencies reveal a significant number of law enforcement agencies in the United States use cell phone tracking even if they do not have a warrant or probable cause to engage in such surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which requested and obtained the records, finds the [...]

ACLU’s New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 6:23 pm

Map of ACLU Affiliates that filed FOI requests (photo: ACLU ) The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its affiliates submitted 379 requests through [...]

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