Privacy Advocates Attack Cell-phone Surveillance

In court papers filed yesterday, a privacy rights group urged a New York federal court to stand by a prior decision and disallow federal law enforcement agencies from tracking mobile telephones in the absence of probable cause.

Yesterdays friend-of-the-court brief by the Electronic Frontier Foundation cited evidence uncovered as part of a court finding last month that the Justice Department was using cell-phone taps without having to first show likelihood that a crime was being or had been committed. The group asked Magistrate Judge James Orenstein to stand by his decision to officially extend privacy protections to the cell-phone-using public. Privacy Advocates Attack Cell-phone Surveillance

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 28th September 2005 10:45PM