Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.
The manager also revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed web portal that Sprint provides law enforcement to conduct automated “pings” to track users. Through the website, authorized agents can type in a mobile phone number and obtain global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the phone. [Read the rest of the story at Wired Threat Level.]
If this doesn’t make you realize that the Bill of Rights is now used toilet paper, nothing will. And if you keep your Sprint account after reading how they created an automated surveillance system just for Big Brother, don’t say you weren’t warned.