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Feds Query Sprint Customer Location Data 8 Million Times int the Last Year

Once again your phone is spying on you.  Sprint created a service to allow law enforcement to query customer GPS data because they could not keep up with the number of requests.  According to a Sprint rep this service has been accessed over 8 million times in the last year according to the Wired Threat Level Story.

The story goes on to state that there are only 4 valid circumstances for law enforcement to request this data.

 1) under the authority of a court order;

2) to track the location of a customer who has made a 911 call;

3) in an emergency situation, such as tracking someone lost in the wilderness or trying to locate an abducted child or hostage;

4) with a customer’s consent.

Most like it is under point 4 that these requests have been made.  You might want to read over you service agreement again.  There is probably some fine print legaleze which grants law enforcement open access.

Sprint right now is the smallest of the big 3 carriers in the US. One can only wonder what the stats for Verizon or AT&T might be.


UK - ISP's and Telco's Required to Track Your Digital Life

London Telegraph has an article about how British ISP's and Telco's are required by law to keep a record of every customers personal communications showing who they contact, when and where, what websites they visit.  This information will be made available to 653 public bodoes including police, local councils, Financial Services Authority, the Ambulance Service, Fire Department, even prison wardens.

The best part of the artricle is the ironic statement

Ministers had originally wanted to store the information on a single government-run database, but chose not to because of privacy concerns.

Think it can't happen in the states?  Check out the latest go around with when the Justice Departement demanded all records of visitors for June 25 then demanded that the site keep mum about the request.   The UK is just a little further along then the US.

FTC Blogging Ruling - Much Ado About Nothing

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I am not a fan of government intervention - In case the rest of this blog did not give you a clue. So when I came across the Q and O article entitled

Federal Government Massive Hiring Binge

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The federal government needs to hire more than a quarter of a million workers for mission critical jobs over the next 3 years the Washington Post reports, based on a study by The Partnership for Public Service.
This figure represents a combination of Baby Boomers scheduled to retire and aggressive new hiring for the challenges that the Obama administration is looking to take on.

NY Times - DNA Evidence Can be Fabricated

Scientists in Israel have successfully demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence. Dan Frumkin lead author of a paper published in the journal of Forensic Science indicates that you could "Engineer a crime scene....

Strange Allies- The Progressive and the end of Posse Comitatus

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The Progressive (You can guess where they are coming from) has an interesting article about the pentagon looking to gain authority over the 400,000 or so national guard and reservists across the country and grant the president and sec defense the ability to mobilize troops domestically.

Amazon Sued Over the 1984 Practice and Book

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I have written previously about Amazon's reaching out and deleting Orwell books from users Kindles. It turns out their reason for doing so was sound (the book was put up by someone without the rights to do so) but their technique was flawed. They deleted the copy and refunded the cost to the owner.

ATF to Montana/Tennessee What 10th Amendment?

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Both Montana and Tennessee have recently passed laws which exempt both the manufacturers

Lawsuit: Cops tasered 3 kids, threatened one with sodomy

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A shelter for adolescents in southern Illinois is suing the local
sheriff’s office for what it describes as an unprovoked attack by two
police officers on four children, three of whom were tasered, and one
of whom was threatened with sodomy by a sheriff’s deputy.

England: Police Break Up 30th Birthday Party

Andrew Poole advertised to his friends (all 15 of them) an all night 30th birthday party on Facebook. Police stormed the party at the ungodly hour of 4pm (before the music was turned on) in a raid on what they believed would be an all night rave.

Four cars, a riot van and helicopter swooped in and broke up what amounted to a birthday barbecue. The 15 attendees had just started eating when police in camo riot gear showed up to break up the party.

When questioned the police reported:

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