Originally posted by SyphonX
I didn't realize it was normal procedure that a Sheriff's Office could request a corporation "track" a person for them, without a warrant?
Am I supposed to expect this as "a given" now, or am I missing something.
Actually one is required (example of my situation).
What occurs is the agency contacts the appropriate phone carrier. If its an emergency situation there is an affidavidt sent to dispatch, its signed
and sent back. It essentially states the reason for requesting the information is because of a life or death situation (suicidal / kidnapping / etc).
The only info provided is the location of the signal. To my knowledge it does not include any phone records / test messages etc. Its just the
Once the situation is overwith the phone company papwerwork goes into the offical police report to document justification for the request and waiver
of the provacy policy phone companies have in place. That way if the phone company is ever challenged for their action, they refer them to the
requesting agency and go from there.
Thats been my experience and I am sure others have had differing encounters. This has been around for a long time and because of the emergency nature
required in order to actually get it done, its not to often it happens.
Hope this clears some of the confusion up.
From a non cell phone point of view GM's On-Star can do the same thing.
edit on 14-5-2012 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)