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

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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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