Media & Communications Law
Law Enforcement Pays Wireless Carriers Millions to Obtain Customer Cellphone Data
Posted Jul 19, 2012 4:14 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Wireless carriers say they don't market their services to law enforcement or seek to make a profit from providing customer cellphone data to the police.
But they are nonetheless paid millions to do so at a rate that is intended to at least compensate carriers for the cost of providing information to authorities, Slate's Future Tense blog reports.
As detailed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post, carriers responded last year to well over a million government data demands.
ABAJournal.com: "It Isn’t Necessarily Big Brother, But Somebody Is Potentially Watching, Virtually All the Time"