Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:54 CST
Officials may gain access to intimate knowledge of the whereabouts of cell users in Maryland. Phone records could be handed over without a search warrant if a new bill passes. A civil liberties group has labeled the proposal ‘invasive’.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has criticized government plans to allow law enforcement officials automatic access to these records, testifying against the intrusive tracking bill, House Bill 377 , on Tuesday. The bill is currently being considered by the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.
Law enforcement officials must obtain a search warrant prior to accessing such information, insisted ACLUM.
“Of all of the recent technological developments that have expanded the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement agencies at the expense of individual privacy, perhaps the most powerful is cell phone location tracking,” said the national American Civil Liberties Union last September, in response to knowledge they obtained that numerous police departments were tracking the devices without a search warrant anyway.
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- Maryland cell phone tracking bill in motion (12160.org)
- Maryland Bill HB377 Would Allow Cell Phone Tracking Without a Warrant (leaksource.wordpress.com)
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- Maryland cell phone tracking bill in motion (rt.com)
- Md. ACLU Officials Oppose Cell Phone Tracking Bill (washington.cbslocal.com)
- ACLU Opposes Cell Phone Tracking Information Bill (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Cell Phone Tracking Bill Raises Privacy Concerns (washington.cbslocal.com)
- 8 Ways Police Can Spy on You Without a Warrant (alternet.org)
- Unlikely groups join forces to support privacy bills (kfor.com)