16/12/2013
After NSA, it's the Police's Turn to Get Cellphone Data

When you think it's only the NSA watching you, think again. It turns out that Police are also in the same page with the NSA when it comes to invading our privacy. Evidence shows that the Police are very much interested in Cellphone data.

Since the Cellphone is a necessity these days, it's a surefire way to trace and monitor someone. Newer and advanced smart phones have GPS capabilities that can give out your actual location at any given moment. That's creepy right? I guess this is a price that we have to pay when it comes to new technology. There are always drawbacks and holes that someone can exploit for his or her own interests.

We should thank Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts for his inquiry into the matter.  If it wasn't for him, we would not now about this big invasion of our privacy. It turns out that the local police officials are requesting for Cellphone user data. This is not limited to the United States Law Enforcement, but also in the United Kingdom. Both of the countries combined, they have completed up to 600,000 requests back in 2012 alone.

At first, when you say that it's Cellphone data, you immediately think that it's limited to phone calls and text messages (SMS).  The truth is, as I've mentioned earlier, Cellphones keep much of your location data through GPS coordinates. Some phones have this feature automatically turned on and if you're an inexperienced Cellphone user, you might not be aware that it's turned on. Because of this, your location can immediately be traced. Whether you're just sipping coffee at your favorite café or resting in your room, the local police officials can determine where you are located.

What's more bothering is when you look at the trend in the last five years. The pattern shows that the amount of requests have doubled in number in just a span of half a decade. This is quite alarming since people are getting their hands on smarter phones, the easier they are to track. The situation is getting out of control, clearly.

Network giants were linked to these requests. A big chunk came from AT&T and T-Mobile. Sprint, on the other hand, also received around 1,500 requests. If you include the subsidiaries of the company like Virgin Mobile and Boost, there are a few thousand more requests involved. This just shows how widespread the issue is, and how deep the well goes.

The problem today comes in when we look at it from a legal standpoint. The act that is supposed to protect is two decades old and certainly needs to be updated. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act that was passed in 1986 should be revised to adapt to the changes in technology. Back then, there were no cellphones and emails, and the Internet.

To be sure that your activities are safe, like your calls, texts, and even GPS location, you should connect through a VPN provider when connecting online. Faceless.me can help you hide your tracks and make sure your privacy is not invaded by snooping noses from the Police or NSA.