Monday, May 11, 2015

Federal Courts Green Light Police Access to Cellphone Tower Records without a Warrant

A federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement agencies may access tracking information on cell phones without a warrant.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (pdf) Tuesday that police were justified in asking a mobile phone provider to hand over the records of Quartavious Davis, who was convicted of committing seven armed robberies in South Florida in 2010. As part of the evidence used against Davis, prosecutors presented data showing that Davis’ phone was using cell towers near sites of robberies.

In a 9-2 vote, the court said that mobile phone users should have no expectation of privacy. “Cell users know that they must transmit signals to cell towers within range, that the cell tower functions as the equipment that connects the calls, that users when making or receiving calls are necessarily conveying or exposing to their service provider their general location within that cell tower’s range, and that cell phone companies make records of cell-tower usage,” Judge Frank Hull wrote. The ruling closely followed the reasoning in a 2013 decision from the Fifth Circuit.

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 "Mobile phone users should have no expectation of privacy."  

So should people who have no issue ruling your privacy away have any expectation of privacy as well?

"Could" open the door to Facebook posts, online purchase information and data in “cloud” storage without a warrant...

I think that bird has already squawked, shit, and flown off a long time ago... They know who is buying what and how much. They know who is talking to who and for how long, when, and where. They know your personal and most private secrets that you chat about to your closest friends and family.

Congratulations! You've made a list somewhere. If you are not on a list somewhere, then you're out there getting your Freedom on completely wrong.

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