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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.
AT&T alone now responds to an average of more than 700 requests a day, with about 230 of them regarded as emergencies that do not require the normal court orders and subpoena. That is roughly triple the number it fielded in 2007, the company said. Law enforcement requests of all kinds have been rising amon
Originally posted by TTAA2012
Is there any way to find out if your cell phone records have been turned over to the government? I know that you can get a copy of any file that is being kept on you, but for some reason I don't think it would include those records.
Originally posted by cosmicexplorer
reply to post by fnpmitchreturns
I have been a cop for over 6 years and I can say I have never seen this abused....often when we have calls where we may have someone who sent a text to a friend saying they will kill themselves. We have no way of finding where this person is so we call verizon/etc to try to ping the cell phone to its last known location. The first thing verizon does is asks if it is an emergency situation. The officer submits all his information including their name. If it is not an emergency verizon wont send us the last location, but if it is they will, and half the time its wrong anyway. I can't imagine any officer abusing this because it is so well documented and would open a civil suit if it was abused for the officer and potentially verizon. We get these kind of calls all the time from concerned parents, friends etc. I would say this comes up a few times a month where I am at and it almost always from a suicide threat or someone has been missing.
Also in regards to texts and stuff like that...if you send texts to someone and that someone shows us...we don't need a warrant...any other grabbing of information through the air would require a warrant....if they dont have one...they would lose the case.edit on 9-7-2012 by cosmicexplorer because: I type faster than I think