A federal judge recently ruled that if someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth Amendment, meaning law enforcement can track individuals without a search warrant.
“Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geolocation technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the prospective of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off,” Brown wrote.
“As to control by the user, all of the known tracking technologies may be defeated by merely turning off the phone. Indeed – excluding apathy or inattention – the only reason that users leave cell phones turned on is so that the device can be located to receive calls. Conversely, individuals who do not want to be disturbed by unwanted telephone calls at a particular time or place simply turn their phones off, knowing that they cannot be located.”
“As to control by the user, all of the KNOWN tracking technologies may be defeated by merely turning off the phone
Originally posted by Cabin
Well, I have no words to say... I don´t live there luckily. If someone said something like that here... Here although the tracking is not allowed. 3 years ago my phone was stolen. It had the tracking inside, which could have been used. I was denied as it would be illegal act of tracking...
In other words, everybody knows that they have the technology to track you so why would you expect any privacy? Like saying, everybody knows there's a big bad dog outside, so if you don't want to be eaten alive, don't go outside.
As for me, except from using an anonymous cellphone from ebay and an anonymous sim card not connected with my name in any way ( because I need a mobile phone) I say this: what about putting that big bad dog down, so we can all move freely outdoors?
I would put money on it that even the smallest police department has this ability nowadays tied into the federal system, your cell phone can be tracked and there is nothing you can do but turn it off completely.