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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 06:05 AM

ACLU: Prison phone company illegally exploiting visitors phones

The ACLU points out, on its website - that - "Company That Handles Prison Phone Calls Is Surveilling People Who Aren’t in Prison"

Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel
& Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, point out the facts that:

Securus, one of the country’s largest providers of phone services to incarcerated people, is known for its shady, cruel, and sometimes illegal business practices. It has charged exorbitant rates for prisoners’ calls, limited family and friends to video-only “visits” with incarcerated loved ones, and violated attorney-client privilege by recording phone calls between prisoners and their attorneys.

This week, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) revealed even more troubling practices that undermine the privacy and civil liberties of millions upon millions of Americans. In letters made public on Friday demanding action from the Federal Communications Commission and several major telecommunications companies, Wyden described Securus’ ability to obtain and share the cell phone location information of virtually anyone who uses a phone.

The letters report that Securus provides correctional facilities with the ability to access real-time location data for virtually any individual in the country — without making sure that officials have obtained a warrant or proper consent.

Undermining Safeguards Against Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking


https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/location-tracking/company-handles-prison-phone-calls-surveilling-people-who

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Lee-Lee Jun 2018 #1

Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 06:30 AM

1. Yep, they have your location info because your carrier sells then the info

 

You know how ads for what is near you suddenly pop up on your screen? That is your carrier selling your location info to advertisers.

The problem is they don’t care who they sell it to. Advertisers, analytics companies for everything from elections to designing games like Pokémon Go to civil engineers studying traffic patterns. Usually bulk data.

And in this case they are selling it to a third party who sells it to law enforcement on an individual basis.

Essentially all the carriers have drafted the terms of contracts to allow them to sell the data. And since you agree to allow the data to be sold when you agree to the terms you are essentially waiving your 4th Amendment rights by doing so, because you have allowed anyone the ability to buy the data and that means they buy it too.

The real problem here is the carriers selling the data to begin with.

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