GPS Tracking People By Their Cellular Phones
Justice Department To Defend GPS Tracking Practices
Many people are aware that some form of GPS tracking technology resides in their mobile communication devices. These GPS tracking chips allow smart phone users to access the location of a nearby bank, restaurant, hotel and so much more. The location-based GPS information provides a wealth of information to the cellular phone user, and even allows law enforcement agencies to access a person’s whereabouts if they are in need of help. There is no denying that the inclusion of GPS tracking technology into mobile communication devices has opened up endless doors of possibility and accessibility. However, sometimes the easily accessible GPS tracking information being transmitted by everyone with a cell phone can be taken and abused.
How Much GPS Tracking Information Is Out There?
According to estimates, there are nearly 280 million mobile communication devices operating in the United States. Making things even more interesting is that cellular providers are very meticulous about data keeping, storing all GPS tracking information transmitted from a person’s mobile phone. The information essentially gives cellular providers a record of every location the cell phone owner has been.
Accessing personal GPS tracking data transmitted from mobile communication devices is a common practice the U.S. Justice Department engages in on a daily basis. The federal government and other law enforcement agencies are legally allowed to obtain the personal tracking system information from wireless carriers to monitor and identify the location(s) any individual have been via the GPS tracking chips in their cellular phones. It is because of this unmonitored and consistent accessing of personal GPS tracking data that Kevin Bankston, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU have filed suit against the Justice Department, stating that they are abusing violating privacy issues related to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The landmark case will be heard by a small panel of three federal judges in Pennsylvania tomorrow, where Bankston and his group will express the need for regulation of cell phone GPS tracking, requiring any law enforcement department to obtain a warrant before accessing personal GPS tracking data.
Source: Main Justice