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    Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this year

    This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC’s privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called “ISS World”. ISS World — the “ISS” is for “Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering” — is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies consult with telco representatives and surveillance equipment manufacturers about the state of electronic surveillance technology and practice. Armed with a tape recorder, Soghoian went to the conference looking for information about the scope of the government’s surveillance practices in the US. What Soghoian uncovered, as he reported on his blog this morning, is more shocking and frightening than anyone could have ever expected
    At the ISS conference, Soghoian taped astonishing comments by Paul Taylor, Sprint/Nextel’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance. In complaining about the volume of requests that Sprint receives from law enforcement, Taylor noted a shocking number of requests that Sprint had received in the past year for precise GPS (Global Positioning System) location data revealing the location and movements of Sprint’s customers. That number?

    EIGHT MILLION.

    for the full story and video...Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year… Is this even legal??? A Ct Patriot's Blog

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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    Quote Originally Posted by ctpatriot View Post
    This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC’s privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called “ISS World”. ISS World — the “ISS” is for “Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering” — is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies consult with telco representatives and surveillance equipment manufacturers about the state of electronic surveillance technology and practice. Armed with a tape recorder, Soghoian went to the conference looking for information about the scope of the government’s surveillance practices in the US. What Soghoian uncovered, as he reported on his blog this morning, is more shocking and frightening than anyone could have ever expected
    At the ISS conference, Soghoian taped astonishing comments by Paul Taylor, Sprint/Nextel’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance. In complaining about the volume of requests that Sprint receives from law enforcement, Taylor noted a shocking number of requests that Sprint had received in the past year for precise GPS (Global Positioning System) location data revealing the location and movements of Sprint’s customers. That number?

    EIGHT MILLION.

    for the full story and video...Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year… Is this even legal??? A Ct Patriot's Blog

    Our rights are being taken away from us right before our eyes… our Government doesnt give us our rights… Our Creator did… If the Constitution means anything… it doesnt to them… does it to you???

    OMG! Local Law Enforcement agencies are trying to track down armed robbery suspects by using GPS location technology to find out where the suspects are after they take the victim's cell phone during the robbery!

    OMG! OMG! Our right to rob people and get away with it is being taken away!
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    OMG! Local Law Enforcement agencies are trying to track down armed robbery suspects by using GPS location technology to find out where the suspects are after they take the victim's cell phone during the robbery!

    OMG! OMG! Our right to rob people and get away with it is being taken away!
    Amazing, considering there was only a combined 8.5 million robberies AND larcenies in the United States in 2007. I guess every person who was robbed was apparently a Sprint user.

    Your response in my eyes is very similar to the one we hear from advocates of curtailing civil liberties, who say:

    "If you aren't doing anything wrong, then you don't have anything to hide."

    That argument is complete and utter garbage.
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    Quote Originally Posted by ctpatriot View Post
    This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC’s privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called “ISS World”. ISS World — the “ISS” is for “Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering” — is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies consult with telco representatives and surveillance equipment manufacturers about the state of electronic surveillance technology and practice. Armed with a tape recorder, Soghoian went to the conference looking for information about the scope of the government’s surveillance practices in the US. What Soghoian uncovered, as he reported on his blog this morning, is more shocking and frightening than anyone could have ever expected
    At the ISS conference, Soghoian taped astonishing comments by Paul Taylor, Sprint/Nextel’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance. In complaining about the volume of requests that Sprint receives from law enforcement, Taylor noted a shocking number of requests that Sprint had received in the past year for precise GPS (Global Positioning System) location data revealing the location and movements of Sprint’s customers. That number?

    EIGHT MILLION.

    for the full story and video...Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year… Is this even legal??? A Ct Patriot's Blog

    Our rights are being taken away from us right before our eyes… our Government doesnt give us our rights… Our Creator did… If the Constitution means anything… it doesnt to them… does it to you???
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    There's no law requiring people to always carry a cellphone, and to always leave it on. If you are worried, then turn off your phone!

    Believe it or not, life did carry on just fine before cellphones.
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    Quote Originally Posted by ctpatriot View Post
    Our rights are being taken away from us right before our eyes… our Government doesnt give us our rights… Our Creator did… If the Constitution means anything… it doesnt to them… does it to you???
    You're confusing the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence.

    Eight million requests doesn't necessarily mean the government is tracking eight million people. They could have sent a request every five minutes if they are about to arrest someone. And the simple fact that they have to make these requests shows they aren't taking your freedom away by doing it illegally.
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    If Sprint received 8 million requests, how many did ATT, Verizon, Revel and every other cell phone company receive?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum
    If you are worried, then turn off your phone!
    Simply turning off your ringer doesn't prevent them from tracking you; I'm pretty sure that you've got to dig around in your phone's options and turn on airplane mode to prevent your phone from broadcasting anything...that or remove the battery.

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    And the simple fact that they have to make these requests shows they aren't taking your freedom away by doing it illegally.
    Whew, that's a relief. I implicitly trust Congress and everything they pass, so if they made a law saying it's alright to take away our freedoms, I've got no worries whatsoever. Guess we can all stop paying attention to this, because there's no way this could ever be abused.

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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    And the simple fact that they have to make these requests shows they aren't taking your freedom away by doing it illegally.
    This shows nothing except them going through the required judicial steps necessary for them to cover their ass should they have to use the tracking as evidence in court.
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    Quote Originally Posted by Polynikes View Post
    Amazing, considering there was only a combined 8.5 million robberies AND larcenies in the United States in 2007. I guess every person who was robbed was apparently a Sprint user.

    Your response in my eyes is very similar to the one we hear from advocates of curtailing civil liberties, who say:

    "If you aren't doing anything wrong, then you don't have anything to hide."

    That argument is complete and utter garbage.
    That was just one example.

    Lets see some other, EXAMPLES, of how this can be useful for law enforcement.

    Missing Persons (teens running away, teens live on cell phones, also adults)
    Stolen Vehicles (where the individual may have left their cell phone in the car, turned on)
    Known homicide suspects
    Tracking wanted individuals who currently have warrants against them.

    There could be hundreds of other scenarios where tracking someone via GPS is a necessity.

    What is your specific concern regarding this?
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    Re: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data this yea

    By request they are talking about clicking a link on a portal. No paper work involved except the passing of the ex-patriot act, was required. The boogie man is real and his name is bin laden and my government trained him. Since the Ex-patriot act was passed America is not the same. That is why all freedom loving Americans are now Ex-patriots.

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    Sprint downplays report it shared GPS data with feds - FTABins.NET :: The Greatest FTA Community on the NET!

    In an audio clip of Taylor's comments posted on Soghoian's blog and now mirrored elsewhere, the Sprint executive is heard expressing concern about the volume of requests that came in after the Web interface went live. "There is no way on earth my team could have handled eight million requests from law enforcement, just for GPS alone" without the portal, Taylor said. "So the tool has just really caught on fire with law enforcement."

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