Democrats Ask for Hearing on Cell-Phone Tracking by Law Enforcement (7/16/12)
House Democrats Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Diana DeGette, Edward J. Markey, and Anna G. Eshoo requested a hearing on reports that cell-phone tracking is being used extensively by law enforcement officials, creating concerns about consumer privacy.
The Democrats sent the letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden requesting the hearing.
Rep. Markey’s request for information from mobile carriers found that use of cellphone tracking is rapidly increasing. In 2011, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies made more than 1.3 million requests of wireless carriers for cell-phone records.
“The information provided by the wireless carriers raises concerns about law enforcement’s use of cell-phone tracking and what is being done to protect the privacy of consumers,” said the letter. “In response to this newly released information, we ask that the committee hold a hearing to examine whether consumer privacy is being adequately protected by law enforcement officials and wireless carriers.”
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