Thursday, December 03rd, 2009 | Author:

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.

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  1. Woooooooooooooooooooow! I ws just comparing cell providers yesterday, too. But if Sprint does it, wouldn’t Verizon and AT&T do it, too?

  2. akagaga says:

    @Mrs. M I would think they all do it, but the other guys haven’t had an employee out there spilling the beans. Or maybe Sprint is just ahead of the technology game.

    Me? I don’t use cell phones all that much. I’ve got an old trac phone that I think was made before they started installing GPS. It suits me just fine. I wonder if, like the rfid chips, we could wrap the newer ones in foil to prevent the GPS from working?

    @AKA That’s a good post. Thanks for the link.

  3. About a year or two ago, Tracfone informed US that we had to replace our perfectly good phone because of “outdated” technology. The old one *just* stopped working. There was nothing wrong with it, though, and it was only a year old…

    And then I hear of other people who are still using their old phones!!! I’m paranoid now. Well, not exactly paranoid, but mighty suspicious.

    How’s your Mother-in-law?

  4. akagaga says:

    Well, my husband has since informed me that my phone does have GPS, so I was operating under a false sense of anonymity. But I’ve had this phone for at least five or six years, and they haven’t told me I have to get rid of it yet. If they did, I’d probably be so mad that I’d get something completely different!

    Mom is doing a bit better. At least she can swallow to eat now. And yesterday they moved her into a rehab hospital, and they’re doing intense therapy. Don’t know what will happen when the insurance boots her out of there. Hubby’s sister is a nurse in Maine, and would welcome her, but Mom’s mandated-insurance in the grand state of Massachusetts won’t cover anything if she moves out of state.