Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Author:

To get the proper effect for this story, I advise that you listen to the video while you read the text below it.

Every seven seconds, your cell phone automatically scans for the nearest cell tower which can pinpoint your location as accurately as within 50 meters. A GPS chip in your phone can reveal your location within a few yards. In just one year, Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with the specific whereabouts of an unknown number of customers more than 8 million times. They required law enforcement to provide neither a warrant nor probable cause to access this information. Sprint even set up a website for law enforcement agents so they could access these records from the comfort of their desks. “The tool has just really caught on fire with law enforcement,” said Sprint’s “manager of electronic surveillance.” I bet it has.

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  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    Now, if “that tool” could just catch fire in the physical sense …

  2. akagaga says:

    As an alternative to flames, someone left a comment here a while back which I recently came across. He suggested we all get together, throw our cell phones in a big box, and shake. Then we walk away with a new, untraceable cell phone. I thought that was a pretty creative idea that would drive Big Brother crazy.