Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Mobile Phone Tracking
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are asking a federal court to order the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over records about the agency’s tracking of mobile phone users.
The two civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit…saying U.S. residents should have a right to know the extent of mobile phone tracking done by U.S. attorneys offices.
In the past year and a half, multiple news reports and court cases have revealed that some U.S. attorneys were claiming not to need probable cause of a crime in order to track people using mobile phones, the groups say in their complaint. In some cases, U.S. attorneys have bypassed court-ordered warrants, with law enforcement agents obtaining “tracking data directly from mobile carriers without any court involvement,” the complaint says…
The ACLU filed a request for information on the tracking program, under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, in November, but the DOJ has not yet delivered the documents requested.
Of course, if you have complete trust in your government, you needn’t worry. Right?
I – on the other hand – trust my government as far as I can throw them uphill into a heavy wind – underhand!