Lawsuits Go After Government Cell Phone Tracking

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the Bush administration in federal court, RCR Wireless News reports, in order to obtain records on allegedly unchecked cellphone tracking by the government.

“This is a critical opportunity to shed much-needed light on possibly unconstitutional government surveillance techniques,” said Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU and lead attorney on the case, in the article. “Signing up for cellphone services should not be synonymous with signing up to be spied on and tracked by the government.”

This all began after media reports surfaced about government officials using citizens’ cellphones to zero in on their locations and monitor their movements—sometimes without a warrant or any court oversight, the report said.

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