Thursday, February 18, 2010

The 'Big Brother' cell phone threat


theweek.com

Your cell phone is essentially a "tracking device" — should Uncle Sam need a warrant to stalk you?

The government can track your every move through you cell phone, and the Obama administration wants a Philadelphia appeals court to approve doing so without a warrant. The Justice Department says the records are fair game if it has "reasonable grounds" to think someone has committed a crime -- a lower bar than the probable cause required for a warrant.

The ACLU and other privacy advocates say the tracking violates Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Is cell-phone tracking a vital crime-fighting tool, or a creepy sign that "Big Brother" is watching us? (Watch a Fox report about the government's cell-phone tracking).

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