Sprint’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance has revealed, during a panel discussion at a wiretapping and interception industry conference, held in Washington DC in October of 2009, that Sprint served more than 8 million law enforcement requests for GPS data from mobile phones used by subscribers.
With about 48 million subscribers, that’s one request for every 6 people on the network and amounts certainly to mass surveillance of some kind.
Of course no-one is claiming Sprint is the only carrier engaging in this practice, and who can forget the infamous surveillance rooms at AT&T but should make citizens of US wonder if they are really as free as they think they are, and of course brings home that all of us voluntarily carrying a tracking device with us constantly.
Should we be concerned? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks Sean VanSickle for the tip.