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Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking 85

alphadogg writes with a distressing bit of analysis of the training materials acquired by the ACLU last week. From the article: "Many law enforcement agencies across the U.S. track mobile phones as part of investigations, but only a minority ask for court-ordered warrants, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union. More than 90 law enforcement agencies said they track mobile phones during investigations, but only six reported receiving court-approved warrants after demonstrating that there's probable cause of a crime, according to an ACLU report based on public information requests filed by the group last year." The ACLU has a handy page allowing you to see if your local PD engages in such practices.
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Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 02, 2012 @04:50PM (#39553237)

    It says in many instances the police obtained an administrative subpoena. While it's less of a standard, there is at least some standard. While it's correct to say "police obtain tracking data without a warrant," it would be more correct to say "police obtain tracking data with subpoenas and court orders instead of warrant." The difference being is a cop cannot unilaterally obtain information.

  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Monday April 02, 2012 @06:27PM (#39554353) Homepage Journal

    Actually, it is probably not legal to snoop on those cellular frequencies (even if you are not actually decoding the audio data), per section 302(d) [] of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (or, more formally, title 47 USC, chapter 5, subchapter III, Part I, section 302(d)).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 02, 2012 @11:18PM (#39556341)

    He mentioned Obama.
    from dec 07
    OBAMA! your on video record saying no more warantless wiretapping, thanks for voting yes to it yesterday.

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