Law Enforcement’s Growing Reliance On Cell Phone Data

Law Enforcement’s Growing Reliance On Cell Phone Data

Last year, law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million requests for cell phone user information. New questions about digital privacy and mobile surveillance.

Cell phones companies know a good deal about their customers:they know with whom they communicate, where they travel, and content of their text messages. This information can be a treasure trove for law enforcement agencies. Last year local, state and federal law enforcement groups made an estimated 1.3 million requests to cell phone companies for information on subscribers, and this number is growing. Current law is murky when it comes to what customer information cell phone companies are required to divulge, but most cell phone users are unaware of how slim their privacy protections actually are. Join us to talk about surveillance via cell.


Rep. Edward Markey

(D-MA 7th District) and co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus.

Eric Lichtblau

reporter for The New York Times.

Chris Calabrese

legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Michael Sussman

attorney at Perkins Coie LLP and a former federal prosecutor.

John Bottone

vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association.

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