Cell phone companies hold on to location data for years, providing information to police as well as other companies. (Photo is a SoftBank X02HT(HTC) taken by K.O.)

Surveillance Requests To Cellphone Carriers Surge

Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers’ cellphone records in 2011, an alarming surge over previous years that reflected the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology. Cellphone carriers, responding to inquiries from a member of Congress, reported responding to as many as thousands of police requests daily […]

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