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Law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but few detailed statistics are available, according to a privacy researcher.
Police and other agencies have "enthusiastically embraced" asking for e-mail, instant messages and mobile-phone location data, but there's no U.S. federal law that requires the reporting of requests for stored communications data, wrote Christopher Soghoian, a doctoral candidate at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, in a newly published paper.........."It is often cheaper and easier to do it after the fact rather than in real-time," Soghoian wrote.
Cox Communications, a major U.S. service provider, charges $3,500 for a wiretap and $2,500 for a pen register. Account information, however, costs a mere $40.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by toolstarr
Law Enforcement MUST have a warrant to get access to the information listed with one exception - A location based off a cell phone, and even then it must be an exigent circumstance (suicide, kidnapping - The other exception is consent of the account owner).
We cant just call up Sprint, give them a name, and have all their records faxed to us.
Phone, Email, IM's - All fall under expectation of privacy, and as such, a warrant is required (which means an active investigation and probable cause).