Cell Phone Corporations Help Government and Law Enforcement Spy On You
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Friday, July 13, 2012
Your wireless company is tracking you with GPS, recording your phone calls and text messages . . . and they are selling the information they collect to other corporations, nations, governments – anyone willing to pay for the data. The US government is one of the wireless corporations’ biggest clients. They are collecting yotabytes of data from multiple sources on all American citizens.
Congressman Ed Markey compiled a report with information from numerous cell phone corporations that showed just how much data law enforcement receives from prominent cell phone carriers.
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile were requested to hand over personal client data to federal agencies and local law enforcement at an alarming rate.
1.3 million = total number of law enforcement requests for “text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.”
116 = average number of requests the tiny Cricket fields each day.
700 = average number of requests AT&T fields each day.
1,500 = average number of requests Sprint fields each day.
$8.3 million = the total amount in bills that AT&T sent to law enforcement and government agencies to comply with their requests. (That was up from $2.8 million in 2007.)