U.S. Surveillance State

Cell phone surveillance has surged dramatically with over 1.3 million requests made last year by government and law enforcement agencies to cell phone companies for users’ data, including “text messages, location data, call logs and ‘cell tower dumps’ in which the wireless carriers provide police and federal agencies with all of the phone numbers that connected to a particular cell tower in a period of time.”

The New York Times reported that the total number of people affected “could be several times higher than the number of request,” since one request may involve many individuals.

The Times reports that “AT&T alone now responds to an average of more than 700 requests each day,” three times the number of requests than 2007, while Sprint had the largest number averaging 1500 requests a day.




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