posted on Jan, 29 2013 @ 06:52 PM
Just about every communications channel, whether it be your ISP, twitter/facebook, cell phone and tablet manufacturers and cellphone carriers (not to
mention Microsoft and Apple) have agreements with law enforcement agencies so that backdoors or surveillance functionality is built right into the
device, connection or piece of software you may be using. It's not the FBI or CIA or DEA who are doing this, it's the companies/corporations who are
selling you out. You pay hundreds of dollars for a surveillance device in your pocket. The Security Forces must be laughing their heads off at the
absolute idiocy of the peons they control.
Don't believe me about the backdoors and Law Enforcement memorandums/agreements? Read on: cryptome.org...
As for the Feds tracking you via the GPS in your phone, a lot of people disagree that this is even possible, that police CAN triangulate your location
using celltowers, but how can they track GPS? It's a passive, receive-only system isn't it? Nah, that's just pillowtalk to make you feel like your
privacy is all safe and snug.
Can police access the GPS data on your phone? According to a recent court ruling, they can not only access it, but activate GPS location tracking if
it's disabled. That's one takeaway from last week's U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling in a case involving Melvin Skinner, who was
convicted of drug trafficking--and sentenced to 20 years in jail. Skinner argued that the GPS data tracking, which DEA agents used to track a motor
home he was driving that was filled with 1,100 pounds of marijuana, violated his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search. In addition,
according to a close reading of the court ruling, it turns out that police may not have merely tracked Skinner, but actually instructed his prepaid
phone provider to activate the GPS functionality. The court, however, ruled that the DEA had acted lawfully.
What we can see from the above quote is that the cops/spies/narcs/whatever may not be able to directly turn on your phone's "location services", but
they can coerce your network provider into doing it for them from their end. It's my guess that the 100 or so redacted pages of FBI GPS tracking
procedures on the vid in the original post relate to memorandums of understanding with cellphone network carriers as well as procedures for requesting
that an individual's location services be activated. Since they redacted anything about a warrant being required for this intrusion into your private
life, one can safely assume that no warrant is required.
About 100 million Americans carry smartphones capable of emitting location data almost continuously. Even some less-sophisticated devices have such
capacity, as do the navigation systems in automobiles and some laptop computers. Worldwide, 154 million smartphones were shipped to consumers in just
the past three months, according to International Data, a market analysis firm. (The Global Positioning System functions often can be switched off,
but that deactivates some phone features.) Changing technology has long strained the legal strictures of the Fourth Amendment, whose prohibition on
"unreasonable" searches and seizures was born of 18th-century law and guides the legal standards for when police can tap phones, use tracking devices
and monitor a suspect's Internet activity. Cellphones always have been trackable to some degree, as users moved among towers that carried the signals
necessary to make the devices work, creating an electronic record in the process. But GPS technology is far more sophisticated, narrowing locations
typically to within a few feet. Many smartphones relay location data to central servers throughout the day, as users check traffic, search for nearby
restaurants or scan weather maps. Combined with information from toll booths, credit card machines and security cameras, people in highly wired
nations often move within a web of data that can allow governments to pinpoint individual movements down to the second.
We did it to ourselves. That Facebook post or Tweet is THAT important?
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edit on 29-1-2013 by nottelling because: (no reason given)