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Sprint Responds to Customer Data & Law Enforcement Flap

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Dec 2, 2009, 6:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint has issued a statement in response to reports criticizing the firm for handing over customer GPS data to law enforcement. Sprint says that the "8 million" figure represents the total number of times its network was pinged for GPS data. Those millions of bits of data, however, represent information from only a few thousand customer accounts. A single investigation can account for thousands of pings to Sprint's networks. A Sprint spokesperson noted that law enforcement and other government agencies only request information such as in missing persons cases, genuine emergencies, criminal investigations, or instances when a customer consents to sharing information. Sprint spokesperson Matt Sullivan said, "In all cases we require a valid legal request appropriate for the circumstances, meaning the request must be accompanied by either a subpoena, court order or customer consent." Sprint is not alone in this practice. All wireless carriers share customer information with law enforcement agencies when the need is mandated.

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bluecoyote

Dec 2, 2009, 7:06 PM

Typical hippies slamming our gov't....

Jeeeez wy so harsh on SPRINT!??/ I mean seriously guys, we got a brutha in the house now. I mean the 5-0 is on our side and they using this to help a brutha out.
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You typed three sentences and not a single one of them was spelled correctly or made a lick of sense.
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island-guy

Dec 2, 2009, 7:54 PM

If you're up to no good you should be caught

For all practical purposes, GPS is awesome and makes me feel safer to tell you the truth. Keeps honest people honest and dishonest people dishonored.
 
 
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