Law Enforcement GPS Cell Phone Tracking

Christopher Soghoian reporting on some blockbuster research he’s doing on electronic surveillance by US law enforcement.

Sprint: 8 million requests from law enforcement, just for GPS tracking alone.

8,000,000 WTF?

Why do I suspect there’s a LOT of shenanigans going on here?

Any LEO readers have an explanation for why there would be eight million GPS tracking requests at Sprint alone? If Sprint had that many how many do Verizon and AT&T get?

UPDATE: Sprint has said that the 8 million number is the number of times a phone has reported it’s position. An individual tracking request can generate several hundred position reports. Still, that’s tens of thousands of requests for tracking. Far higher than the normal wiretap or pin register requests.

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2 Responses to Law Enforcement GPS Cell Phone Tracking

  1. Old NFO says:

    Yeah, WTF is right! That sounds awfully suspicious, like they are tracking a whole lot more than just criminals… Sounds like wives, kids, hubbys as the case may be.

  2. B Woodman says:

    How can one tell if one has been “tracked”? Can I just ask my provider? Or will they obfuscate & tell me “nonya”.

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