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Cell Phone Carriers Swamped With Surveillance Requests

WASHINGTON - In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.

The cellphone carriers' reports, which come in response to a Congressional inquiry, document an explosion in cellphone surveillance in the last five years, with the companies turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests.

The reports also reveal a sometimes uneasy partnership with law enforcement agencies, with the carriers frequently rejecting demands that they considered legally questionable or unjustified. At least one carrier even referred some inappropriate requests to the F.B.I.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/us/cell-carriers-see-uptic...

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ACPSA

Affordable cell phone and service act. If the govt just took over cellular industry they wouldnt have to ask for records. They could then keep us safe at lightning speed.

a 1984

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