The Great Data Sellout Reveals How We Pay For Our Own Enslavement
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The communications devices that we have been baited into using as a means to be within instant touch of our friends, associates, and the latest information, continue to be turned against us.
In addition to surveillance by the apps themselves offering a wealth of personal details to advertisers, smartphones have gained new capabilities to track a user’s location with incredible precision. This location data in turn is being used by law enforcement across the country in ways that should be troubling to civil liberties advocates.
Documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that cell service providers are not only willingly handing over all of your data to local police departments but they’re also charging an obscene amount of money for the information.
Now California has introduced a bill sponsored by the ACLU and EFF that proposes to limit the unbridled selling of this information by simply reinforcing current wiretap laws that demand a search warrant be issued before obtaining personal data. Naturally with big money at stake the wireless industry has vigorously opposed this legislation.
Three things should immediately jump out from the opposition to the California Location Act of 2012 (SB 1434).
1) Your data, calls, phone numbers, photos, electronic location, etc. are being turned over to authorities without a warrant;
2) Service providers are making money from this transaction when they vowed to never sell your data;
3) Your own local tax dollars are funding this warrantless breach into your privacy.