By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Digits, Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2012
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police violated the Fourth Amendment when they attached and used a GPS device to track a suspect’s vehicle without a warrant. … [But the Court's decision] applies only to the placement and use of a GPS device that had to be attached to the suspect’s car. The justices said the device was an intrusion onto the suspect’s property, even if the car was being driven on public roads. The opinion doesn’t say anything about what would happen if the government were able to track the car through other electronic means, without ever touching the vehicle. …
For full text of the article, visit What Does the Supreme Court GPS Ruling Mean for Privacy? – Digits – WSJ.
- Supreme Court Ruled on GPS Tracking Case, Backs Privacy Rights (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Supreme Court Relies on Kerr’s Theory of Fourth Amendment and Property (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
By Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal, What They Know, January 23, 2012
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled Monday [in United States v. Jones] that police must obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to a suspect’s vehicle, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test constitutional privacy rights in the digital age. … The court split 5-4 over the reasoning behind Monday’s decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority that as conceived in the 18th century, the Fourth Amendment’s protection of “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” would extend to private property such as an automobile. …
For full text of the article, visit Supreme Court Backs Privacy Rights in GPS Case – WSJ.com.
For full text of the Court’s opinion in United States v. Jones, click here.
- Supreme Court rules 9-0 that warrant absolutely needed for police GPS tracking (wired.com)
- GPS Surveillance: A Crossroads for the Fourth Amendment (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- CDT Summary of Supreme Court Case, Does GPS Tracking Require a Warrant? (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Supreme Court Considers GPS Tracking Case Today (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- New CRS Report on Governmental Tracking of Cell Phones and Vehicles (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2011
For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.” Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest. Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it’s not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries.
- ‘Stingray’ Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash (online.wsj.com)
- Tech Today: Phone Tracker Tests Fourth Amendment (blogs.wsj.com)
- Keeping ‘Stingrays’ Secret Makes Case Tougher for Prosecutors (blogs.wsj.com)
- How Technology Is Testing the Fourth Amendment (blogs.wsj.com)
- The StingRay Is The Virtually Unknown Device the Government Uses to Track You Through Your Phone [Privacy] (gizmodo.com)
By Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-Devries, Wall Street Journal, April 22, 20111
Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google Inc.‘s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.Google and Apple are gathering location information as part of their race to build massive databases capable of pinpointing people’s locations via their cellphones. … In the case of Google, according to new research by security analyst Samy Kamkar, an HTC Android phone collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour. It also transmitted the name, location and signal strength of any nearby Wi-Fi networks, as well as a unique phone identifier.
For full text of the article, visit Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids Send Cellphone Location – WSJ.com.
- Own an Android? An iPhone? Google & Apple may be tracking you. (lawafterthebar.wordpress.com)
- Apple, Google tap phone location data: report (msnbc.msn.com)
- Apple, Google Receive Phone Users’ Locations (online.wsj.com)
Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off.WSJ’s Julia Angwin explains to Simon Constable how smartphone apps collect and broadcast data about your habits. Many don’t have privacy policies and there isn’t much you can do about it. These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. An examination of 101 popular smartphone “apps”—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without users’ awareness or consent. … For full text of the article, click here.
Source: Scott Thurm and Yukari Iwatani Kane, WSJ, December 17, 2010.
For the rest of the articles in the WSJ series, click here or on the follwing links below.
- WSJ: Your Apps Are Watching You (bespacific.com)
- Your Apps Are Watching You (entrepreneurssociety.wordpress.com)
- Wall Street Journal says apps may violate privacy (textually.org)
- WSJ finds many iPhone and Android apps are sharing your data without consent (slashgear.com)
- WSJ reports smartphone apps can (and do) track user data (androidcentral.com)
- How iPhone & Android Apps Breach Privacy? (viralblog.com)
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, January 18, 2011
Online advertisers and marketers are using increasingly sophisticated tools to track us, especially on our cell phones. But most consumers are unaware of the many ways Internet traffic is being analyzed and interpreted. We examine new debates about privacy on the Web, and learn about data collection over smart phone apps.
A Wall Street Journal investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users: “What They Know” Series, WSJ.com
- Time to double team on Net privacy (politico.com)
- Hear Marc Rotenberg at The Digital Privacy Forum, January 20 in New York (socialtimes.com)
- Online consumers need to take more precautions (msnbc.msn.com)
- Microsoft unveils new privacy feature for IE (usatoday.com)
- FTC: Privacy Self-Regulation Not Enough, “Do Not Track” Needed (gigaom.com)
- Hiding Online Footprints (online.wsj.com)
- FTC Readies National Privacy Framework (pcworld.com)
- White House Calls for Online ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ (dailyfinance.com)