Your Cellphone Is Spying on You - Reason.com

posted Dec 31, 2012, 5:39 PM by Peter Joseph Moons   [ updated Dec 31, 2012, 5:54 PM ]

Your Cellphone Is Spying on You - Reason.com

Your Cellphone Is Spying on You

How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology


From the article: "There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions—about 20 million more than there are residents—in the United States...[and]  U.S. law enforcement agencies made 1.5 million requests for user data from cellphone companies in 2011."

Now, though, such requests are becoming less needed.  Relatively new “Stingray” technology can accurately pinpoint a user's location through GPS technology.  Moreover, the user will now know they are being tracked.  No warrant is necessary to employ a Stingray device.  While this technology will aid the hunt for known, active targets of law enforcement, the potential for tracking erroneous 'enemies of the state' is large.  Warrants add a level of oversight; without them, a government, or even a company or gang, could track anyone.  The countermeasure: turn the cellular telephone's location tracking off.  The Freedom Grade is currently 5, however, if misuse of this capability by LEAs surface, the factor of individual freedom will definitely drop drastically.

Government Control Grade: 5.  Freedom Grade: 5.


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