Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I told you that they'd use our cell phones against us!

I hate to say it, but I was right.

NEW YORK -- A federal court issued an opinion permitting government agencies to use cell phone data to track a cell phone's physical location, without a search warrant based on probable cause.

For those of you with an option in your settings to turn the "GPS Location" on or doesn't work. It's there to give you a false sense of privacy.

This is all actually old news considering the FCC instituted the E911 (Phase I & II) - Wireless Services plan which mandates that service providers provide the location of any cell phone to within at least 50 meters. This, I believe was back in 1999 or so. (With current GPS capabilities the reality is these phones can be located down to within a few feet.)

Example: On October 12, 2001 the FCC approved an Enhanced 911 (E911) Phase II compliance plan for Sprint Spectrum, L.P., d/b/a Sprint PCS (Sprint), which, among other conditions,
requires Sprint to ensure that 100% of new digital handsets activated are location capable by December 31, 2002 and thereafter. They got a 6-month extension with March 2003 as the expected date by which all phones Sprint sells to its distributors to be 100% location ready. All phones are now 100% capable. Here is the PDF indicating the above. If you go back a directory to this page you can search for your cell phone service provider.


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