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Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques 57

Posted by timothy
from the public-records-act dept.
glittermage writes "The WSJ reports on an ongoing case about alleged 'Hacker' Daniel David Rigmaiden, regarding the government's tools used to track mobile devices with or without a warrant. The judge may allow Daniel to defend himself against the government's claims by putting the technology into the light. Sounds good to me."
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Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques

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  • Or not (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hatta (162192) on Thursday September 22, 2011 @03:14PM (#37483966) Journal

    The judge could just as easily deny him an opportunity to defend himself based on unspecified "national security" fears.

  • Re:Or not (Score:4, Interesting)

    by AngryNick (891056) on Thursday September 22, 2011 @04:04PM (#37484624) Homepage Journal
    Interesting timing. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on the question of GPS tracking without a warrant [supremecourt.gov] on November 8th. I suspect the ruling could be applied to this kind of technology. Granted, one is "passive" tracking (the person owns the tracked device) and the other "active" (the government attaches the device to the person), but I see similarities in how the use of tracking technology in general impacts society's expectation of privacy.

    Civics homework: Defend your position on how the 4th amendment [wikipedia.org] protects/allows cell phone tracking of suspected criminals.

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