Is Sprint (and everyone else) spying on you all the time?

Sprint: 50 million customers, 8 million law enforcement GPS requests in 1 year from Christopher Soghoian on Vimeo.

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.

Source: Slight Paranoia via TechDirt via PPCGeeks

Thanks Sean VanSickle  for the tip.

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