Privacy, Your Cell Phone, and Where You Are 0
From Security Focus, via the Register.
Recent court cases in the United States raise the question of the standard required when the police want to know exactly where you are, using your cell phone to track you down. The issue again raises the question of how new technologies can invade privacy rights, and how quantitative changes in the type and amounts of data collected and stored result in qualitative changes in privacy rights. These require a reexamination of even established laws of privacy and of probable cause. These precedents also apply to entities like ISPs and telephone companies that routinely collect massive amounts of data about individuals which may be subject to eventual discovery or disclosure. It is important that we establish and apply the correct legal standard for obtaining this information now.
The article goes on to explore in depth the standards required for different types of inquiries and warrants and suggests that the current Federal Administration is attempting to erode protections already written into law by
weasel wor redefining terms.