TV News LIES

Thursday, May 28th

Last update06:00:11 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) No Warrant, No Problem: How The Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data

No Warrant, No Problem: How The Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data

E-mail Print PDF

No warrantThe U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena.

Usually you won’t even be notified.The Senate last week took a step toward updating privacy protection for emails, but it's likely the issue will be kicked to the next Congress. Meantime, here’s how police can track you without a warrant now:

How They Get It

Listening to your phone calls without a judge's warrant is illegal if you're a U.S. citizen. But police don't need a warrant — which requires showing "probable cause" of a crime — to get just the numbers you called and when you called them, as well as incoming calls, from phone carriers. Instead, police can get courts to sign off on a subpoena, which only requires that the data they're after is relevant to an investigation — a lesser standard of evidence.

Many cell phone carriers provide authorities with a phone's location and may charge a fee for doing so. Cell towers track where your phone is at any moment; so can the GPS features in some smartphones. The major cell carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, responded to at least 1.3 million law enforcement requests for cell phone locations, text messages and other data in 2011. Internet service providers can also provide location data that tracks users via their computer's IP address — a unique number assigned to each computer.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Nebraska lifts ban on driver's licenses for young illegal immigrants

Nebraska allows driving permits to illegalsThe Nebraska Legislature voted on Thursday to end its ban on issuing driver’s licenses to the...

FCA, Honda, BMW expand recalls of vehicles with Takata air bags

Takata recallFiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda Motor Co and BMW on Thursday expanded recalls of vehicles with potentially...

Austin judge expected to plead guilty to 2 counts in weapons case

Judge Time WrightTim Wright, the Williamson County court-at-law judge charged with peddling firearms to a felon, is expected...

Judge rules in favor of gainful employment rule for for-profit colleges

for profit collegesA federal judge in New York ruled the Obama administration has the right to impose rules...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!