Court OKs Cell Phone Tracking Without Warrant
Dec 22, 2005, 3:54 PM by (staff)
A US District Court in New York has granted the government permission to track suspects by their cell phones for up to 60 days without a warrant. According to the ruling, law enforcement officers can ask a carrier for a record of what tower a user makes calls from during that period as well as a map of all tower locations. This court order does not include requests for e911-derived aGPS or triangulated locations, which are far more accurate. In this case most carriers will only be able to locate a suspect somewhere inside a large circle around a tower, although one unnamed carrier will be able to further narrow the position to one of three 120 degree sectors.
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All a person has to do is get a prepaid phone under a fake name. Or if you really must commit a crime - well maybe you should do it the old fashioned way and leave your cell phone at home that night.
But by giving them this much power, if they want to make me out to be one, I can be. No matter what I do.
Without Warrant = Without Reason
They can track you for the hell of it. They can track you if their bored.
They should have to show probable cause - which is how yo...
Regardless of if you are a criminal or not as you have outlined it in your narrow example - this is an erosion of our rights.
Maybe you remember something called the Constitution.
The right of the people to be secure in
beating the dead horse?
I don't have anything to hide, nor am I going to stop carrying my phone, but I don't like the idea that the police can start tracking my phone because they feel like it.
As far as I'm concerned, law enforcement is getting way too much power. Why in the world is it ok for police to track someone and not even have to justify it by getting a warrant?
...all those people I called crazy and paranoid are actually right!
I don't have anything to hide, nor am I going to stop carrying my phone, but I don't like the idea that the police can start tracking my pho
Does Nobody Understand?
Your cell phone carrier does.
The govt. can not track your exact location through your phone.
Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Etc. Etc. Etc. can.
i.e. The govt. can NOT find out where you were without the Cell phone companies releasing the information to them.
So unless a Bush is in control of your cell phone companies security you are fine. The govt. does not control everything. If you are afraid of the Govt. repressing all your freedoms because of this stupid little deal then you shhould go live in Cuba for a few months and see how much you complain after you return.
As new technology comes out they have to adapt laws to fit the technology without invading on your rights.
All a gov't agent would have to do would to contact Sally Whoever from Verizon and tell her we need this this this this and this number tracked. Sally's response = "sure!"
but REGARDLESS, even if it wasnt that ea...
Its been done this way for years...
The officer simply provided the subscriber's number, and eventually were given current locations over the phone. This was a TDMA IS-54 or IS-136 network (whatever ATTW was running at the time), so the resolution was a little crude.
Even with newer TDMA systems like GSM, it would not be uncommon for a subscriber to be using a tower quite far removed from their geographic location -- especially in diverse terrain and dense urban areas.
However, if you are planning on commiting a crime, I have bad news if you have a CDM...
I am (for the most part) a law abiding citizen and do not care if I am being tracked through the tower I am using without a search warra...
Well if i am ever on the run!
#878 send on your cell phone will give you the sector and cell site
We are so screwed the United States of AmeriKa has turned into a dictatorship where if you don't agree with King George you are unamerican.
Imagine that un american I guess the original colonies were un american when they revolted.
Yea cant have those Quakers having peaceful demonstrations.