Privacy? what privacy?

New York TimesThousands of jails and prisons across the United States use a company called Securus Technologies to provide and monitor calls to inmates. But the former sheriff of Mississippi County, Mo., used a lesser-known Securus service to track people’s cellphones, including those of other officers, without court orders, according to charges filed against him in state and federal court.
The service can find the whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the country within seconds. It does this by going through a system typically used by marketers and other companies to get location data from major cellphone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, documents show.

InstapunditVia Joseph Cox of Motherboard, who tweets, “Holy shit; huge. Law enforcement have access to a system that can geolocate almost any phone in the US; the system doesn’t really check if the officer has legal authority to do so. One officer allegedly used to spy on judges, other law enforcement.”

Not emphasized, but I'll emphasize it: they are using a service available to marketers to track the location of the cell phone. That means anyone willing to pay the fee can find out where your phone is.

This entry was published Sat May 12 11:19:32 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-05-11 11:34:23.0. [Tweet]

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