W We are in the midst of a major and worrying privacy scandal – but you probably have not heard about it.
To put it simply: law enforcement can understand where you are right now, using your smartphe. All this without your knowledge.
Indeed, the largest telecommunicatis companies in the United States – AT & T, Veriz, T-Mobile and Sprint – sold your locati data in real time to a little-known company called LocatiSmart. Another company, Securus Technologies, obtains and uses these locati data for its own purposes.
Securus Technologies is a pris technology company whose main role is the mitoring of prisers' telephe calls. But the company also discreetly offers another police service that can locate almost any phe in the United States using data from the cell tower. In a public document, Securus even boasts of being able to do it "in a few secds".
The existence of such a service was revealed at the beginning of the mth when The New York Times reported that a former Missouri Sheriff had
although telecommunicati companies are prevented by law from transmitting data to the government, they can give this data for free to other companies. In turn, these companies can give these same data to government entities.
Kevin Bankstown, director of the Open Technology Institute, explained the loophole to ZDNet – the "appellant" e of the biggest gaps in life American private law. "
Securus argues that his service is used to …