×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint charges up to thousands per individual snooped

suraj.sun (1348507) writes | about 2 years ago

Cellphones 0

suraj.sun (1348507) writes "If Americans aren't disturbed by phone carriers' practices of handing over cell phone users' personal data to law enforcement en masse — in many cases without a warrant — they might at least be interested to learn just how much that service is costing us in tax dollars: often hundreds or thousands per individual snooped(http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/04/03/these-are-the-prices-att-verizon-and-sprint-charge-for-cellphone-wiretaps/). ACLU revealed in a trove of documents it had obtained through FOIA requests to more than 200 police departments around the country.

They show a pattern of police tracking cell phone locations and gathering other data like call logs without warrants, using devices that impersonate cell towers(http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/03/10986778-pricey-stingray-gadget-lets-cops-track-cellphones-without-telco-help) to intercept cellular signals, and encouraging officers to refrain from speaking about cell-tracking technology to the public, all detailed in a New York Times story(http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/police-tracking-of-cellphones-raises-privacy-fears.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss?).

But at least one document(http://www.scribd.com/doc/87852551/Tucson-Police-Dept-Guide-to-Cell-Tracking) also details the day-to-day business of telecoms' handing over of data to law enforcement, including a breakdown of every major carrier's fees for every sort of data request from targeted wiretaps to so-called "tower dumps" that provide information on every user of certain cell tower."

Link to Original Source

0 comment

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...