Consumers Are Not the Only Ones Tracking Cell Phone Locations

The DOJ believes the use of cell phone monitoring and location tracking to be critical resource for law enforcement while other groups think it’s an envasion of privacy.  Parents wanting to keep tabs on their children’s cell phone activities might see things in the same light as the DOJ.

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Now that different states issued different precedents on warrantless cell phone searches, and a federal court ruled it should maybe limited to your phone book, the question arises what to do with the burgeoning carrier departments that sell your location info, as triangulated by the cell phone towers around you.

 

At a recent Congressional panel, Department of Justice representative argued that outlawing cell phone tracking without a warrant, like GPS device tracking before it, would “cripple” prosecutors and law enforcement. The authorities are using this grey area now to easily obtain info from carriers without having to go through the warrant hassles for a GPS tracking device…. More at DOJ says warrantless cell phone tracking should remain or law enforcement can be “crippled”.
The use of applications to monitor cell phone activities is not exclusive to law enforcement agencies anymore.  Consumers from all over the world are actively using various apps to review just about everything that takes place on cell phone, from GPS tracking to text message monitoring.  The legalities of using such applications vary from state to state in the Unitied States.

 

 

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