Groups Sue U.S. for Data On Tracking By Cellphone

Posted Jul 2, 2008 by Owen Weldon
Yesterday two civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government and they are seeking records related to the government's use of cellphones as tracking devices.
The government was sued by The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Washington under the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU had filed a FOIA request last November with the Justice Department for documents, memos and guides regarding the policies for tracking people through the use of their cellphones.
How many times did the Government sought location information without first establishing probable cause that a crime was taking place? Well that is the question the groups want an answer to.
Dean Boyd is a Justice Department spokesman and he declined to comment on the suit but he did say that it is important to remember that when it comes to cell-tracking data, the courts determine whether or not cell-site data or more precise cell location data can be handed over to law enforcement in a particular case.
If you are a law-abiding citizen than law enforcement has no interest at all in tracking your location, according to Boyd. Boyd than added that law enforcement goes through the courts to lawfully obtain data to help locate criminal suspects. Boyd than said that this is crucial in cases such as child abduction or when there is a murderer on the loose.
The ACLU's FOIA request was made after The Washington Post printed an article last fall that revealed that federal officials were routinely asking court to order cell phone companies to furnish real-time tracking data on individuals. The article also said that the courts sometimes ordered the data released without first requiring a showing of probable cause.
This case is going to go nowhere real fast and the groups are just wasting their time and energy on this. No matter what anyone thinks, there is no way of knowing the truth at all. I mean the government never lies right?