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FBI Files Reveal History Behind “Stingray” Cellphone Tracking Tool

It was described recently by one rights group as a “secretive new surveillance tool.” But documents just released by the FBI suggest that a clandestine cellphone tracking device known as the “Stingray” has been deployed across the United States for almost two decades—despite questions over its legality.

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California Passes Location Privacy Bill 2012

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California again proves itself as progressive in considering new laws to stave off rampant privacy and safety issues, like labeling GMO’s, medical marijuana, emissions and in this particular case, requiring a warrant before accessing gps cellphone tracking data.

A new bill designed to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before collecting any GPS


How They’re Tracking you by Cellphone


“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your


Monitored: Yes, Your Computer Too

by: Mac Slavo

To the disbelief of many of our readers, in a 2011 report titled Everything You Do Is Monitored, we noted that microphones and cameras on cell phones and computers allow interested parties (translated to mean your respective government) to hear and see everything going on in the direct vicinity of


Carriers Profiting for Tapping and Tracking Cell Phones

Earlier this week the American Civil Liberties Union revealed information it obtained from a FOIA request to local police departments across the country about how police track and tap cell phones, often without warrants. Also contained in the release is information that cell carriers make money by charging law enforcement for that information. Robert Siegel


Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Approved by Court

U.S. police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, according to a federal appeals court ruling.

Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number. Having the numbers allowed the government to subpoena the owners’


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Cell Providers Storing Text Messages

The cell phone service providers Virgin Mobile and Verizon retain the content of text messages, according to a Justice Department memo obtained by the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina.

Are your text messages being stored or… looked at?

Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile all retain information


Court Approves Cell Phone Tracking

Police Can Track Your Cell in Real Time

In a case more interesting for its look at the state of modern tracking technology and the brave new world we all live in than for its legal ramifications, a Florida appeals court said Wednesday the police didn’t violate a drug dealer’s rights when they used his


Tracking, Smartphones and Privacy

As Smartphone Scandal Grows, Tech Firms Run for Cover, Reap Windfall Profits Recent revelations that Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating systems collect, store and transmit records of users’ physical locations to central databases–secretly, and without consent–have ignited a firestorm over Americans’ privacy rights in an age of hypersurveillance.


Cell Phone Information Searches Conducted

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to


Woman from 1928 Filmed Using Cellphone

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George Clark, a film maker from yellow fever productions says he noticed something strange while watching an old behind the scenes look at a Charlie Chaplin movie entitled “The Circus” from 1928.

At the premiere at Manns Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the scene shows a large woman dressed in a large black


Banning Pre-Paid Cell Phones

Former Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr notes that Faisal Shahzad’s Times Square bombing attempt might be a causus belli for the federal government to make pre-paid cell phones illegal. Excerpt:

This innocuous device, available now to virtually anyone wishing to buy a cheap cell phone useable for a limited period, represents perhaps


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