How the United States’ law-enforcement agencies have been barging into their citizens’ privacy by spying on their cellphones, courtesy cellphone spy software, and tracking theirdata – and how one man has dared to question its legality. Well, two, actually.
Rep. Ed Markey has been a busy bee off late. Having found in 2011 that the United States police had made as many as 1.3 million requests to various wireless carriers to reveal their customers’ data in a period of time, Markey recently released a series of reports provided to him by nine carriers about how often they responded to police requests for such information. Assuming that the number was fairly large – large enough to jolt our man into action – he decided to weigh down on the Justice Department on the legality of the United States law enforcers’ actions.
“The expansive nature of these information requests likely results in the collection of sensitive records of innocent consumers by law enforcement,” Markey wrote to the Justice Department. “The practices of law enforcement agencies, along with the enormous amount of requests, range of information provided, and large numbers of consumers involved, raise a number of important privacy concerns. It is important to know how law enforcement is handling the records of consumers, especially those who are innocent, which may be collected as part of these information requests.”
Earlier – May, this year – Senator Al Franken had also questioned the Department on the quality and quantity – that is, the frequency and details – of such inquiries made by the Department. Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed Franken’s demands, saying that the department did not keep records of their cellphone tracking. He is yet to respond to Rep. Ed Markey’s queries.
The question that Markey and Franken have raised is quite relevant to today’s world. With rising levels of terrorist activities, and illegal infiltration of immigrants within the borders of the United States of America, it is understandable that the country’s law enforcers should resort to cellphone spy software and cellphone tracking. Yet, while combating terrorism and criminal activities in general, could it be that the government of the country itself is engaging in criminal activities, resorting to what is termed as “state-sanctioned crime”? By intruding into the privacy of their citizens by gaining (illegal – or, otherwise illegal) cellphone data – including complete details of their text messages, phone calls, multi-media exchange, etc. – aren’t the United States authorities using the baton against their own innocent citizens? Or is it just a case of “your information is safe within our good office” as most websites claim, and later fail to live up to their word?
That we don’t know so far, but well, let’s just say… pick sides. Both parties are justified in their own ways. Both have their reasons. Both have their necessities. But let’s just press on that famed democratic tradition of America, shall we? Let the people decide. And I’m quite sure you, just as easily as me, can guess who’s going to be the winner in this one.
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