Law agencies ask wireless carriers for over 1.1 million customer cellphone records

Since 2010, U.S. law enforcement agencies have submitted over one million requests per year for data to American mobile carriers

Mobile phones have only been widely available for about sixteen years, but we’ve come to depend on them so heavily it is hard to remember what we did before we had them. If you have a smartphone, you carry a fully functional computer with a tremendous amount of personal information that is available at your fingertips – and to anyone else who can access it.

Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) recently released information about the law enforcement agency requests to major mobile phone carriers including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, C Spire, US Cellular and Cricket Communications/Leap Wireless. The details Markey provided included numbers dialed, location data and even the contents of communication.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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