Privacy Police

With 1.3 Million Data Requests in 2011, Police Really Love Reading Your Text Messages

In ur cell phones, checkin' out ur sexts.
 With 1.3 Million Data Requests in 2011, Police Really Love Reading Your Text Messages

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Be prepared to have whatever nominal notions of privacy you entertained about your cell phone usage shattered: A report produced by cell phone carriers in response to a congressional inquiry shows an alarming uptick in data requests by law enforcement over the last five years.

The New York Times obtained a copy of the report, stating that this is the first time data about cell surveillance has been collected on this scale, and that carriers are responding to thousands of requests daily.

According to The Times:

The reports also reveal a sometimes uneasy partnership with law enforcement agencies, with the carriers frequently rejecting demands that they considered legally questionable or unjustified.

When the cell phone companies start to look like the good guys, something isn’t right.

Even congressmen seem to be taken aback by the frequency with which law enforcement find it okay to go all Orwell on us. “I never expected it to be this massive,” a Democratic congressmen told The Times.

Perhaps it’s best to keep your shady dealings to in-person rendezvous from now on.

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