Cell phone spying
Dec 1st, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Sprint fed cus­tomer GPS data to cops over 8 mil­lion times.

Christo­pher Soghoian, a grad­u­ate stu­dent at Indi­ana University’s School of Infor­mat­ics and Com­put­ing, has made pub­lic an audio record­ing of Sprint/Nextel’s Elec­tron­ic Sur­veil­lance Man­ag­er describ­ing how his com­pa­ny has pro­vid­ed GPS loca­tion data about its wire­less cus­tomers to law enforce­ment over 8 mil­lion times. That’s poten­tial­ly mil­lions of Sprint/Nextel cus­tomers who not only were prob­a­bly unaware that their wire­less provider even had an Elec­tron­ic Sur­veil­lance Depart­ment, but who cer­tain­ly did not know that law enforce­ment offers could log into a spe­cial Sprint Web por­tal and, with­out ever hav­ing to demon­strate prob­a­ble cause to a judge, gain access to geolo­ca­tion logs detail­ing where they’ve been and where they are. 

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It’s well known by now (at least, to any­one who pays atten­tion) that cell phones are used to spy on the loca­tion and move­ment of their own­ers. This is the first sol­id infor­ma­tion I’ve seen on just how often the cops spy on people–and keep in mind that this is only one com­pa­ny. It’s pret­ty much guar­an­teed that oth­er com­pa­nies are equal­ly eager to col­lab­o­rate with Big Broth­er.

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