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Technology The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant

02:25  15 november  2019
02:25  15 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone's location . The Daily Beast reported on a letter sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Senator Ron

Without getting a warrant , the police requested the telephone company install a pen register device to record the numbers dialed from Smith's home. But Smith v. Maryland was a very different case in a very different time than the intelligence activities laid bare by documents from former NSA contractor

Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone's location. The Daily Beast reported on a letter sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Senator Ron Wyden affirming that ever since that Carpenter decision, the "Intelligence community" has not sought cell-site location data or GPS records without a warrant.

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It had been doing that, claiming authority under the Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) / Section 215 of the Patriot Act. However Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire next month, and in the letter (PDF), the assistant director writing it never confirms that the Supreme Court decision means they couldn't, or wouldn't, do it in the future.

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location data, American intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency said they would stop obtaining location information without a warrant . today, a representative for the office said intelligence agencies have already stopped the practice of collecting US location data without a

But some experts say it ’s far from obvious that the 1979 Supreme Court case on which the administration bases this view gives the government unfettered power to scoop up Americans’ cellphone location data. NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden…

The Daily Beast

Here’s what Apple has to say about the iPhone location tracking controversy .
Location tracking on smartphones remains something of a lukewarm controversy these days. Every so often, a new story will surface detailing how a popular app keeps closer tabs on its users than initially believed. And then, like clockwork, the app developers will issue an apology and promise to address the issue with a forthcoming app update. Apple itself, of course, is no stranger to location tracking controversies. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Apple was embroiled in a mini-controversy when it was discovered that some iPhone 11 models were constantly tracking the location of users even when users pro-actively turned location tracking off.

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