Dy’er Sez: According to an article from Wired, federal law enforcement is using cell phones to track people via GPS systems – so much so that they utilized this method of tracking people eight million times. Makes you wonder how many ‘pings’ they racked up on all the other service providers.
I’ve been hearing about this type of set up for quite a while now; unfortunately, most folks are in the dark about it. So the next time some one calls you a ‘conspiracy nut’ when you talk about Big Brother, point ‘em right at this story…then give ‘em that ‘see I told you so’ smirk.
And then throw out your cell phone.
Story from Wired:
Feds ‘Pinged’ Sprint GPS Data 8 Million Times Over a Year
Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.
The manager also revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed web portal that Sprint provides law enforcement to conduct automated “pings” to track users. Through the website, authorized agents can type in a mobile phone number and obtain global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the phone.
The revelations, uncovered by blogger and privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, have spawned questions about the number of Sprint customers who have been under surveillance, as well as the legal process agents followed to obtain such data.