Local, state and federal law enforcement authorities made more than 1.3 million demands for cellphone subscriber information last year in a sign of their growing reliance on technology to aid criminal and emergency investigations. The reports from carriers came in response to a congressional inquiry seeking to document the surge in surveillance involving data from mobile devices, as more and more Americans carry cellphones to talk, text and send messages. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) requested the information from carriers, including records on “cell tower” dumps, in which the carriers provide law enforcement authorities with data on cellphone users near a cell tower during a discreet period of time. Read the full story at The Washington Post.
Cellphone carriers report surge in surveillance requests
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).