a reply to: Xcathdra
Well good, that's the way it should work, but for my own
privacy's sake I am going to assume that other LEAs might
not operate as completely under the law as yours--certainly
the NSA is operating outside of the law at the moment.
But there are so many other issues involved. I read somewhere
(and I don't have time to research the somewhere) that there
were over a million search warrants executed for cell phone data
last year. If that's true, it appears that courts are handing out
lawful searches like halloween candy, and they are viewing
cell phone data as very important evidence to be used in court.
The other, lesser known issue perhaps is private surveillance.
That is the ability of any private person to use a surveilance
program, available for less than a hundred dollars on the internet,
on your smart phone, to remotely access ALL DATA on your phone.
The execution is as simple as asking to borrow your phone, appearing
to make a phone call, and handing the phone back to you.
Afterwards, the person who is spying on you can access all data
coming thru your phone, including texts, passwords, pictures, videos
coversations--everything, by simply visiting the web service they used
and typing in a password. Some of these services may even provide the
ability to remotly turn on the camera and microphone.
But now I'm really off the OP's topic.
Insofar as Federal Marshalls tracking cell phones from planes goes, I
think this is the kind of surveillance most of the US public would
For me personally, I would like to see this technology used FIRST to
find missing persons, locate Amber alerts, execute arrest warrants, etc,
and not so much as a evedence gathering tool to be used in courts across
Call me a dreamer...