Democracy Now: Law Enforcement Made 1.3 Million Requests for Cellphone Records in 2011


Newly disclosed records show the nation’s wireless carriers have received a surge in law enforcement requests for customers’ cellphone records. In new reports to Congress, cellphone companies say they received 1.3 million inquiries from law enforcement agencies last year for information — including text messages and callers’ locations. Many carriers rejected demands they found to be legally suspect, and at least one carrier referred some requests to the FBI for potential improprieties. A large number of the requests were made without the backing of warrants or court orders.

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~ by wheresthemic on July 9, 2012.

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