Wiretapping is common practice, here's how much carriers charge law enforcement agencies for it

Wiretapping is common practice, here's how much carriers charge law enforcement agencies for it
The American Civil Liberties Union grants us the freedom of being informed lately about... how tracking customers’ phones is pretty much usual business not just for the FBI, but the police. And there are even prices carriers have set for wiretapping, a leaked document reveals.

It all actually seems so mundane that our shock would be completely out of context. In a nutshell, the prices vary and run from $400 on Sprint for market area to $700 a month for Verizon and $500 per target for T-Mobile.

The document reveals that police often tracks phone locations, looks at call logs without having a warrant and instructs officers not to speak about phone tracking to the public.

Here is a summary of the most interesting parts of police dealing with carriers, coming from a report from the police department in Tucson, Arizona:


And while carriers say they don’t profit from the wiretapping deals, what worries us is how often and how unregulated those checks seem to be. Time to get paranoid? Probably not, but it’s a good reminder that the Big Brother is watching, like it or not.

source: NY Times

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10 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

crApp, I'm losing out big time; iWiretAp all the time and I'm not getting anything for it.

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Ha!!! Why am I not surprised??? And we still have those who think they still have ANY privacy left...

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

If you are a criminal, why would you use a cellphone? Why would you use a cellphone on a post paid account? why would you use any of the major carriers? why would you use your personal number? Anyway, very informatiave article nevertheless.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

A lot of criminals are not very smart. If they're they'd get a prepaid phone and pay cash so it can't be traced to them

4. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Whatever, police can tap my phone. What are they gonna do? Post it on facebook?

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Wrong attitude man. Today it's tapping your phone tomorrow it's searching you with no warrant or locking you up without charging you.

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I must agree with you on this one. it goes to show you,though. In the end,corporations will do whatever is asked of them,no questions asked...for a big enough fee.

10. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Idk, this just dosen't really jolt me as a big deal personally. If this is the first step in an ever increasing trend of police harassment thats one thing but, I just don't see the urgency about the police listening in on the conversations of their suspects. It defiantly sounds like it helps them catch criminals and there is no real draw back to it if your innocent. I mean I guess the police can learn you wore the same underwear all week or whatever but, that just doesn't really hit me as police harassment.

8. Jerry209

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

@. taco50 marshall law

9. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree but am also not one to give away freedom. For me, who cares if they listen to what i say? I have not a single thing to hide. At least from a government agency. That'd be one boring, expensive wiretap. As a whole, I understand that if we're okay with this, what will they try next? It'll get to a point where i won't be okay with it so it has to stop here.

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