Mobile Carriers Lobby Against Cellphone Location Privacy Bill

by David Kravets, Wired Magazine, April 23, 2012

Cellphone companies are objecting to proposed California legislation that would force them to publicly report the number of times they turn over cellphone location information to police and federal agents, arguing that it’s too burdensome, and would take time away from the important work of sharing customer data with cops “day and night.” At issue is California’s SB 1434, a bill that would prohibit carriers from turning over locational data to police without a warrant. That data can include when and where a phone was when it made or received calls; a phone’s whereabouts as it pings cellphone towers or, in the extreme case, a phone’s GPS history. The companies, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, oppose a provision of the bill that would force them to keep track of law enforcement requests and to annually publish that information on the internet.

For full text of this article, please visit Mobile Carriers Lobby Against Cellphone Location Privacy Bill | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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