US Supreme Court Could Soon Allow Police To Monitor the Movements of Smartphone Users Without a Warrant

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Smartphones are great. They do a bunch of stuff like browsing the web, managing bank accounts and throwing angry birds at things. They can also do another thing that is not so cool: Constantly monitor your movements at any given time. Sure, location services can still be turned off on smartphones but most people don’t bother because, for one, they want to be able to find their expensive phone if they ever lose it.

Lawmakers are currently taking advantage of these powerful devices along with a general “relaxed” attitude towards privacy by creating extremely intrusive laws. The US Supreme Court could soon allow police to monitor the movements of US mobile phone users without a warrant. Some might say “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear”. Yes…that’s what they said when dictatorial police states where instated in the 20th century. What these people also forget is that those kinds of laws go against the 4th Amendment. But the US Constitution does not seem to get the respect it deserves these days…

Here’s a BBC article about smartphones and laws permitting monitoring.

How much privacy can smartphone owners expect?

The US Supreme Court could soon allow police to monitor the movements of US mobile phone users without a warrant. Now that most of us carry sophisticated tracking devices in our pockets, how much privacy do we have a right to expect?

Millions of us happily invade our own privacy every day on Twitter and Facebook, sharing personal details with the world and broadcasting our location in a way previous generations would have found bizarre.

Even those who shy away from social media and new technology in general are not immune. The most basic mobile phones are in constant contact with the nearest mast, sending information about the whereabouts of their users to phone companies, who can later hand that data over to the police, if requested.

At the other end of the spectrum, in the world of smartphones, privacy is becoming an increasingly outdated concept, argues technology writer Sam Biddle. What might once have been considered “creepy” and invasive is becoming normal.

“That line of creepiness is there, but it’s eroding quickly because, frankly, we are just getting used to it,” says Mr Biddle, a staff writer for Gizmodo.com.

“Something like (smartphone app) Foursquare, something like Find My Friends, these things all would have sounded like something from 1984. Now they are fun and free.

“So I think whatever line there once was is receding very quickly.”

He adds: “The excitement and the novelty of it blinds us to the fact that is a little weird and maybe, in terms of privacy rights, a little ominous.”

For the smartphone customer “it’s a trade-off, in terms of privacy versus service,” he says. For the mobile phone company “following you around is just part of the service”.

‘Legitimate expectation’

There are signs that governments and law enforcement agencies around the world are taking advantage of this increasingly relaxed attitude towards privacy to step up surveillance of citizens.

The case currently before the Supreme Court, US vs Jones, hinges on whether police officers should be allowed to plant GPS tracking devices on suspects’ cars without a warrant.

Nightclub owner and suspected drug smuggler Antoine Jones had such a device attached to his vehicle for 28 days so officers could follow his movements in order to build up a case against him.

His legal team argued at a Supreme Court hearing earlier this month that his Fourth Amendment rights, which are meant to protect US citizens from invasive searches, were violated.

Lawyers for the Obama administration argued that Jones did not have a “legitimate expectation of privacy” – the standard legal test in the US for the past 45 years – because his car was in a public place.

Attaching a tracking device to it was no different to tailing him, which has always been legal, the government argued.

If the Supreme Court agrees, it could open the door to mass unwarranted surveillance of suspects using GPS bugs, civil liberties campaigners have warned.

Open to abuse?

But law enforcement officers no longer have to physically plant a bug on a suspect’s car or person. In the US, they are increasingly using mobile phone tracking software.

“Police officers can sit in the comfort of their own stations and use this technology to watch not just one person, but many people, over long periods of time,” says Catherine Crump, an attorney for American Civil Liberties Union.

This is far more invasive than traditional surveillance, she argues.

“GPS tracking can actually be quite revealing about who a person is and what they value. It can show where a person goes to church, whether they are in therapy, whether they are an outpatient at a medical clinic, whether they go to a gun range.”

Without police officers being forced to go before a court to obtain a “probable cause” warrant, the technology is wide open to abuse, the ACLU argues, and it is hoping that the Supreme Court will ban all warrantless surveillance when they deliver their verdict in the Jones case.

“I don’t think you have to be a card carrying member of the ACLU to be concerned about a world in which every citizen of the United States can be tracked on the whim of a curious police officer, for any reason, or no reason at all,” says Ms Crump.

But police and prosecutors tend to take a different view.

“If it is a legitimate law enforcement need and there is no time to get a warrant there should be occasions when you can use a tracking device,” says Ed Marsico, district attorney for Dauphin County, in Pennsylvania.

Metropolitan police

And the same goes for mobile phone tracking, he says, arguing that there is little practical difference between a mobile phone company knowing your location and the local police.

“Most of us have cell phones now. Most of them have some kind of GPS tracking within them, so Verizon or AT&T already know where you are,” Mr Marsico tells BBC News.

If the Supreme Court rules against the government it could seriously damage the ability of police officers to carry out undercover surveillance of suspected major criminals, he argues.

“Police are not out to put tracking devices on every single car. They are using it sparingly to further legitimate investigations.

“Technology has changed. The criminals are using technology to stay one step ahead of us, so we would like to use some technology to get ahead of them.”

In the UK, the availability of cheap GPS devices, and a mistaken belief that it was permitted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, led to covert tracking being used by public authorities, including local councils “without properly considering the application of the legislation,” according to watchdog the Surveillance Commissioners.

The government issued new guidelines in April 2010, stressing the need to gain permission from senior officers, who must be convinced it is necessary and proportionate – and not likely to fall foul of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

Personal permission from the home secretary is needed to intercept phone communications. Some 1,682 interception warrants were issued in 2010.

‘Not the Gestapo’

Public authorities can obtain other communications data without the home secretary’s authority, such as the time, date and location of phone calls. In 2010, 552,550 such requests were made.

The Metropolitan Police has stepped up its surveillance of social media in recent months, claiming it helped prevent this summer’s riots spreading to high-profile targets such as the 2012 Olympics site.

But the London force is also reportedly using software that masquerades as a mobile phone network, allowing it to intercept communications and gather data about users in a targeted area, such as a demonstration.

Most civil liberties campaigners do not want the police banned from using new technology and accept that telecoms companies are “not the Gestapo”, as Catherine Crump puts it.

But, argues the ACLU lawyer: “People should not have to choose between using new technology, which is becoming increasingly commonplace and hard to live without, and giving up their privacy.”

Some believe the moment when that choice has to be made has arrived.

‘Watershed moment’

Earlier this month, a US Federal Court in Virginia ordered Twitter to grant the Justice Department access to private data from the accounts of three suspected Wikileaks supporters, ruling that they had a “lessened expectation” of privacy after signing up to the micro blogging site.

Al Girardi, a defence attorney who specialises in internet and telecoms privacy, sees this, along with the Jones case, as a “watershed” moment.

“You have some very serious decisions happening which basically define you as having no expectation of privacy with your online provider and yet nobody seems to be concerned about it,” he says.

“I don’t know if it’s just the Facebook generation but it’s a surprise to me that there isn’t more resistance.”

Without a major public outcry, or some kind of “scandal” to focus the minds of politicians and telecoms executives, the erosion of privacy is likely continue unabated, argues Sam Biddle.

“Barring some kind of very radical, strong legislation, it wouldn’t surprise me if in 10 years, I know where everyone I know is at all times, in real time, constantly.

“I think it won’t even be an issue then. It will just be the status quo.”


Source:  BBC



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What is sad about all the "cool" gadgets is that slave labor has been used to mass produce them. Evidently, Apple factories in China work their people to death in-order to feed the world's hunger for cheap and abundant technology. I read a book called "Spy Chips" and one of the points in the book was that the mass production of gadgets was really to mass produce the micro-chips inside the gadgets. Thus, the real intention is to get as many micro-chips into as many hands as possible; all in the name of "fun" and "cool" technology with products such as the iPhone. I am nervous as to what is coming our way; because in the book "Spy Chips" groups like IBM and Procter and Gamble and some others have been planning their little schemes since maybe the late 1990's. What else is scary is that there are chips in… Read more »

Everyone when they read 1984 thought " No way, everyone would revolt." …. No, this new generation (with the absence of any historical context or education) has emphatically embraced it and has enslaved themselves to the "Technology of ME"

"Movies like Batman, show how they use secret tracking devices on individuals all the time. If they’re willing to show that to the general global public, then what advanced tracking technology have the elite got, that they are they hiding from us?"

Hiding in plain sight:

"Report: Dissidents Tracked Using Radiation"

"The feared East German secret police routinely sprayed suspected dissidents with a radioactive solution as a means of secretly tracking them, according to a new report."

hxxp://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81775&page=1

"Stasi Methods Used to Track G8 Opponents"

"The Scent of Terror

In a reminder of methods used by the East German Stasi secret police, German authorities are collecting human scents to trace activists they believe may try to violently disrupt the G8 summit in June. It's proving highly controversial"

hxxp://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,484561,00.html

"Movies like Batman, show how they use secret tracking devices on individuals all the time. If they’re willing to show that to the general global public, then what advanced tracking technology have the elite got, that they are they hiding from us?"

Hiding in plain sight:

"Report: Dissidents Tracked Using Radiation"

"The feared East German secret police routinely sprayed suspected dissidents with a radioactive solution as a means of secretly tracking them, according to a new report."
http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=8177

"Stasi Methods Used to Track G8 Opponents"

"The Scent of Terror

In a reminder of methods used by the East German Stasi secret police, German authorities are collecting human scents to trace activists they believe may try to violently disrupt the G8 summit in June. It's proving highly controversial"
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,151

Don't forget, everything you google and use a search engine for…..

will stay forever in the beautiful government databases….

Be good people……Enjoy each day, and do your best to have a good work ethic,

and take care of yourselves…………

this is such bullshit

If I found a tracking device on my car, I would stick it to a semi truck and send the police on a wild goose chase across the country 😀

Scientist and microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower goes into a lot of detail about how this is done and safety concerning the use of microwave emitting units. It's a long interview but worth watching through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vScsPTZff4o

Does this just go for America & Europe? Or for the rest of the world as well…

We were talking about the space between us all And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion Never glimpse the truth, then it's far too late, when they pass away We were talking about the love we all could share When we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew Try to realise it's all within yourself No one else can make you change And to see you're really only very small And life flows on within you and without you We were talking about the love that's gone so cold And the people who gain the world and lose their soul They don't know, they can't see, are you one of them? When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find Peace of mind is waiting there And the… Read more »

the bottom line is that if "they" want to find you, they will. If you get into trouble they can track everything now days.

Yes, the smart phones and everything we are seeing in technology is pointing to the NWO, however, we really need not to worry much because the stuff times will be when the aliens arrive and after the war.

After the alien war will be when you do not want to be tracked, so get rid of all technology at that time.

You can learn more about the upcoming events here http://adventofdeception.com/vision-nwo-2011/

i deleted my facebook account and never looked back. seriously guys, don't assume you will have no communication with friends without it. thats what they want you to think. the human race has survived this long without 24/7 instant communication…

we need to get off the internet and our phone – be outside, enjoy the simple things, keep away from the tv and let your mind rest!

You know, if I was living a normal life right now, I'd agree with you. But right now, we are literally living in a different city every 6-8 weeks all over the world. My family and I have no better way to see each other and talk but through skype and FB. I have kids that are growing, I have a two year old nephew, we like to see each other's pictures and chat. This is an isolating and lonely life. I don't know what I'd do without FB, sad to say. Takes a second to upload a ton of pics and video, I can't even email video over 25mb, so for my family it's the way they can see their grand kids grow up. Kids they are really attached to and used to see daily. Just don't put stupid stuff on there. It's about using the technology as smartly… Read more »

people!!!! you will know when they have a reason to look for you…trust me its not as bad as you think. unless we find out they are after people for just watching knowledgeable information then this would be a problem. what nobody understands is that any random person can pay a fee and get your criminal background your residing city all your felony's and misdameanor info through the internet already and nobody complains. i tried looking up my record to see if it worked and i got my grandfathers adress in another state and his criminal background (because we share the same name i am the 3rd) now that is already freedoms taken away….what if an employer looks me up they will see what is none of their freaking business

Like you can trace all the properties and assets of someone else. You just need to employ a solicitor and it's straightforward.

Not at all surprising. Prosecutors also get subpoenas from various phone companies to analyze text messages to implicate defendants. Be careful what you text, that information is not protected.

This is Martial.Law going into effect!

smart phone, blah blah blah blah blah…

everyone who has a "smart phone" i guess has this game called "ANGRY BIRD"

people keep fighting themselves playing that game.

im so sorry but if your phone is supposedly "smart" and "cool" and does everything

a flip or slide phone doesn't and everyone playing angry birds and stupid crap then

they must be stupid like for real your'e gonna tell me you have a smart phone and everybody

is playing the same game?whats the addiction with that freaking game anyways, DOESNT IT MAKE PLAYERS ANGRY? like come on now. i SWEAR this is a time for common sense to kick

in, like the "SMART PHONES" is obviously using them.

talk about dumbing down society, no offence

my advice: if you have to think twice about getting it, dont.

READ A BOOK INSTEAD 😀

well it's a good job I don't have a smartphone then, isn't it!?

I use mobile phones only in emergencies so I got myself a pay as you go one, nothing complicated. The first one I've ever bought as the rest of them were given to me.

There was a story on the news this morning saying that cell phones will be tracked this weekend for the Black Friday shopping because ''they'' want to see where people are doing most of their shopping and at what times. They even said that if anyone did not want to be a part of this, they need to simply turn off their cell phones.

all these iphone loving sheep need to wake up, it's like a religion to them, paying £500 for a phone that cost £10 to make and the workers in asia commit suicide on a daily basis, be better putting that money in to precious metals

There was a recent article online re Apple hoarding $54 billion in cash overseas to avoid US tax laws. The same article included info re deplorable working conditions & extremely low wages, etc. at these overseas "factories" where iphones are made, etc. It also mentioned some suicide cases.

I'm sure you can find the article via google.

Some comments with that article then pointed out all the good things Apple does for employees, etc. so I don't know. One thing is for sure: Apple products are too dang expensive.

Ummmm-Apple products WORK. Been using them at home and some at work since the 80's when they first came out. Have never had a virus or a problem, while all my friends with regular computers need a new one every couple years or get viruses (my whole family) and had to replace their computers. If you have a computer that lasts for YEARS, you get your money out of it. It like shoes, buy a 20 dollar pair at payless and they will last a month, buy a good pair and they last for years. Apple products are fabulous, well made, last forever and have amazing customer service. And no some of us don't have an iphone to play games. It's my camera, my video recorder in HD, my GPS, my phone, my contacts and allows me to find what I need and where it is. Handy when you move… Read more »

"Apple products are fabulous, well made, last forever and have amazing customer service. "

For shame… a majority of the net runs Linux/Unix and their uptimes far exceed your Apple product's uptime.

After spending over 20 years in the medical field, I am well acquainted with both the pain in the butt of unix and the like. No thanks, I'll take my mac. Obviously you are not aware that one can run a whole Cirque show, a whole concert, most creative music and graphics done on macs. And so much friendlier than a unix based system that I still had issues with ALL the time.

"Movies like Batman, show how they use secret tracking devices on individuals all the time. If they’re willing to show that to the general global public, then what advanced tracking technology have the elite got, that they are they hiding from us?"

Hiding in plain sight: !!

"Report: Dissidents Tracked Using Radiation" !!

"The feared East German secret police routinely sprayed suspected dissidents with a radioactive solution as a means of secretly tracking them, according to a new report."

hxxp://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81775&page=1

"Stasi Methods Used to Track G8 Opponents" !!

"The Scent of Terror

In a reminder of methods used by the East German Stasi secret police, German authorities are collecting human scents to trace activists they believe may try to violently disrupt the G8 summit in June. It's proving highly controversial"

hxxp://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,484561,00.html

Apple products are 'too dang expensive'?

Perhaps that's true, but right now you have more money than Steve Jobs.

Why do you think they commit suicide?

Just saw this morning that retailers and marketers are monitoring your shopping habits while you peruse the mall. They claim its anonymous and if you want to opt out "turn off your phone." Though the "news reporter" stated this has been going on for years. So they just gave Americans actual notice, thereafter, you are voluntarily allowing yourself to be tracked oh but forget about ex post facto….Thus, walking in a mall is SYNONYMOUS to surfing the web-NO PRIVACY.

It's also why the police are so keen to criminalise people- they want to get as many people on a database as possible, even just for relatively minor offences. It's why a lot of 'crimes' have been invented- that didn't use to be part of police matters. Take stalking for example. It's become a very media-hyped crime, what with so-called celebrity stalkers in the news, and feminist groups encouraging ordinary women to report incidents of harassment and stalking, which are apparently commonplace (I've seen media articles quote statistics of 1 in 3 people, predominantly women, being stalked. But I even read an article where the police are encouraging 16 year old girls to report stalking and harassment incidents from teenage boys. If there's a guy or girl at school or college who has an icky crush on you and its unwanted, kids are encouraged make him or her feel the… Read more »

They want to control us at all times. Good luck with that:-) I personally am less interested in technology itself and more interesting in networking, security and white hat (?) stuff. Lmao. I mostly interested in that to create some modicum of privacy in this crazy wired world. The trans human agenda is so boring at times I want to hurl, but it really is all good. They are trying to pass all these laws at once, thinking we are stupid and we won't notice. My eyes are wide open and nothing's hidden. I probably worry too much about the centurions in D.C. My attention needs to focus much more on my prayer life and God– the only constant solution to the lack of privacy and other illuminazi craziness.

This society is becoming more Orwellian by the year!

There will be a giant push from behind again like 9/11. Then they can require all cars and all phones are tracked constantly. Very soon, if not already, good luck getting a resistance movement off the ground. The stories of French resistance exploits from 60 years ago will seem like magic.

Of course, if they ever get everybody chipped game over. They had Animals outside my house GPS tagged ten years ago. The county wildlife agent was doing a government study. There was no collar. It was an implant.

I'm not surprised anymore, things will get worse and worse from now on.

We can not surrender, but it's inevitable.

I know for most it is unconceivable but I have gotten used to not having a cell phone at all. I thought to myself how I used to do without them before they were around and frankly I was doing fine. I like being able to go out without feeling teathered to anyone. I am free to go out and not be bothered. When I see people constantly on their phones in public places I feel grateful for the feeling of freedom. It's like I say to myself internally :" If you want to reach me, do it when I'm good and ready. (When I'm home) for now I'm out and that's where I want to be. I don't want to feel like I'm on a technological leash. Feels great for me. It's a personal choice that might not be practical for some but for me it's sweet.

Again guys, smartphone or not, they have you tracked and watched ALL the time. I have a smartphone, I've said before I move every 2 months due to my husband's job and have lived in some scary cities. GPS is my friend. My phone is a godsend in a strange and dangerous city. They can track you with everything these days, not just your phone. Credit cards, debit cards, grocery cards, RFID chips in passports, and on everything they can think of. Each phone can be tracked by the pings, smart or not. In London, Vegas, DC, your picture is taken almost every 11 seconds no matter where you are, except if you are in your dwelling. Cameras everywhere. We have been subjected to this BS for years now. An iphone is just the latest gadget to get blamed. They all ping GPS, and like I said unless you are… Read more »

I'm sorry to have to call you on your delusion, but in Las Vegas, many private residences are wired by TPTB. (the powers that be). I can't speak for the other places you listed, as i haven't personally lived in them, but i know folk in London who are convinced that their private residences are also under constant surveillance. For some, there is NO privacy EVER, and you either deal with it or let it drive you crazy. Literally.

Depends on where you live in London. There are certainly cameras in all the apartment buildings, elevators and hallways, and that doesn't even address public spaces. It doesn't drive me crazy because I can't change it. I just deal with it, trust in my beliefs and I'll make sure I never get "the mark" implanted on me. Nothing you can do other than that. That was kind of my point. Iphone, FB or not, they got you pegged. Every purchase not made with cash, everything said or done outside monitored. It just is. Washington DC being the worst, I just mentioned London and Vegas as well as they are heavily monitored cities that I've lived in. I just got back from a week in the forest and you still can't go anywhere or live anywhere without being tracked. You still own the deed on the land, have a phone or… Read more »

I've stopped digging further into the hole. Those who won't listen let them keep digging. I'm on my way up to surface. I'm proud of myself for staying away from facebook for 3 months. I even got an email saying "we haven't seen you in a while… come back and check out what your friends are doing!" hahaha! right… I'll surely help those who I pass by on my way up the hole who begin to dig but once I get to the surface there is no hope for you… By this I mean friends, and family members who don't listen. Eventually they'll be realize and understand, but for now keep digging! LOL God bless 😉

loll

why not just delete it altogether >?

well we also live in those times where we have been seperated from our families for our jobs in other states or countries. so just as using a phone to communicate, I use facebook whenever I want to see a nephew and a niece. Since I only do that probably once every 2 – 3 months I get to also see how deep people are in the hole from the surface. LOL I live in Miami and people here are absolutely delusional. Like they literally live in a bubble. This city is soooooooooo unprepared for disaster. It's all about vanity here. Anyways, I'm also not going to get too paranoid. I have faith and trust in my Lord Jesus Christ to protect me from any type of worldly domination in my life. I don't have to fear any type of system or man except my God. LOL but hey to… Read more »

it's like we're in a maze just with no escape:( it's closer and closer I'm literally depressed about what's happening because I want to break free but I have no chance..

I can feel your apprehension but you have greater potential to ground yourself and find proper balance to keep your head up. Where all these started then….. Hosea 4:6 My people will certainly be silenced, because there is no Knowledge. Because the knowledge is what you yourself have rejected, I shall also reject you from serving as a priest to me; and [because] you keep forgetting the law of your God,_NWT Why Knowledge is paramount: 1Tim 2:3 This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4 whose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. What is that truth we need to know: John8:32 "and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.” John17:17 Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth. God's word the Bible or Holy Scriptures is the Knowledge we all… Read more »

To live life without being depressed because of what is to come, I recommend giving your life to Jesus. You'll experiment true freedom and will stop living with fear. Plus your soul will be saved.

So it's okay to be complacent about all the terrible things which are happening, as long as you do it by letting religion turn your brain to mush? Nuts to that!

I suspect that the roots of a lot of this sort of thing go back to religious people. The whole "you can trust us" idea, combined with "none of this really matters because there's an afterlife where everything will be okay" — a powerful incentive to let things go.

i remember what my aunt said few years ago (i was 13 then) "It's easier to live when u believe in something, u know it will help u out" anyway, I'm not religious and that's why I'm so scared. After watching the versace for h&m commercial i'm literally seeing eyes everywhere and I'm afraid to be home alone it's like all around me..

This is terrible! I wish people would wake the hell up faster. This whole war on terror thing is FAKE. Protests and riots are happening because authorities are abusing their powers and hurting innocent people. The response? Give the authorities even GREATER power to potentially abuse innocent people. This isn't hyperboley, it's REALITY. I get that I'm basically preaching to the choir on this, but someone's gotta keep saying this until it sinks in.

There's a difference between willful ignorance and stupidity. The problem most people have is generally the former, contrary to what I often hear. Fear is what motivates people to accept these changes. And if there isn't enough self-respect and love to counter all this fearmongering bullshit, we'll all suffer. It really feels like I'm watching the fabric of the human spirit come to pieces. Were we really this weak to begin with?

I hear you Syrus, really well said.

Through a series of five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011 with 511 adults in the United States and Canada, the researchers described "a chain reaction from ignorance about a subject to dependence on and trust in the government to deal with the issue."

The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

And the more urgent the issue, the more people want to remain unaware, according to a paper published online in APA’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/1111

The contact lenses might have some kind of tracking device in the near future. Who knows.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-20

This whole situation is F'n crazy the governments & authorities have been able to track people using smart/dumb phones for a long time as stated by many of you ladies & gents. A few years ago a cousin who was playing cards with my dad and other friends when he suddenly had a call from the police asking him if he was ok as they heard shouting and swearing how they heard the men shouting & swearing when my cousnin hadn't touched his phone to dial 999 I didn't know at the time but I now put it down to the police or someone tracing his phone when it was on and in Idle mode. Orwellian time indeed.

I think there was a time when all phones from a particular date where required to have a GPS tracking chip of some kind in them. Well I have already decided to get a nokia 3310 hopefully it doesn't have a GPS tracker. I'm from West Africa and the UK/US govt's have decided to withdraw their aids to Ecowas countries unless they sign gay rights into law. This whole thing is crazy, seems to me there's nothing we can do about all of this NWO sh..t other than just to pray,cos wether we like it or not their plans are falling into place. Take a look at the trends in America, europe and the world as a whole. Ever stopped to think what the world would be like in 10-15 years. God help us.

This is great! I hope they find me ASAP.

great point about the 4th amendment…when we need to worry about the 3rd amendment we'll all agree that the constitution is still relevant.

Well done VC great article. But unfortunately the tracking, stalking, spying, etc was already set in stone before these smart-phones came out. Theres a little bit of misunderstanding about technology etc.. the govt/corps/etc can track you without giving you little toys to play with. Probably in ways beyond your imagination. The internet and technology that's given to people is a bit like how you give children toys to play with in some ways its a distraction. This has already been set in stone a long time ago. VC can you do an article on the global warming/climate change industry, I'm sure you'll get to the real information. Take care =)

Yes, you are of course correct. They can track you through your bank account. They can locate your car without the RFID. They can see on the satellite without a cell phone. The Internet was formerly a government construct, and now DARPA is using something superior. The social security cards, the Selective Service… It is never ending how one can be tracked. If one doesn't want to be tracked by someone, one has a better chance completely oof grid and even then there is a record one bought the land one lives on. Wow!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Why call it a smartphone when it really it's really a quasi-government/coorporate trackphone?? I'm going out to buy my new trackphone this friday with the rest of the herd.

I was planning to get a smartphone two weeks ago, but i'm glad i didn't. What's ****ed up though is how the article mentioned that even basic phones can be tracked. I have a basic flip phone but I'm also with verizon (HATING IT btw) so it's a double whammy. I'd go back to tmobile but at&t are/have taken over. it's just a mess.

Some of the smartphone fear is reasonable, however rather than complain and ditch it, protest the privacy breeches. The technology is empowering and useful, for example I am poor and can't afford a PC or internet service and there is no public computer I have access to. So my smartphone allows me to stay informed with sites like this. We don't have to leap back in time, we just have to all call our carriers and let them know we will cancel service if we feel our privacy has been violated. Finally, the Apple guys on here…cmon stop pushing a company, how much more or a drone could you be? The reason your Mac never got a virus is because they hold a slim margin of the market share and nobody cares too much to write a virus that will only effect a few thousand and not a few million…also… Read more »

These are the reasons why I refuse to go out and spend stupid amounts on a smart phone or get attached to sites such as Facebook and Twitter, what happened to just an ordinary mobile phone, Call me old fashioned but I would rather look dated then give them the chance to snoop in my life!!!

Good for you! Facebook is f***ed, Twitter is for twits. Unhook from the Matrix people!!! When you spend all that money on a 'smartphone' Iphone or whatever, you are financing the problem!!!

Most likely this is already being done, unofficially. This is just a continuation of business as usual over the years. Sure there are certain privacy protections, but when has that ever stopped the enterprising? Way back in the 1990's I attended a seminar where this guy (Brother X??) warned about giving out too much information about yourself, and using "convenience devices." The workshop he held had a whole lot more info than just that, and covered a lot of the topics discussed on this site. I thought back then his message was a little more than slightly paranoid, but worth hearing. At worst, at least I'd had been "entertained" with visions of the future. So I paid attention. Thing is, most of what that guy said is happening, or has already happened. Now every time I hear about a privacy breach coming from credit card companies, or social networking sites,… Read more »

LOL…why is the word "could" even part of the title of this article?

It ought to say:

"US Supreme Court *WILL* Soon Allow Police To Monitor the Movements of Smartphone Users Without a Warrant"

We all know it's coming, slowly but surely.

Not even slowly…

Right – it's already here, and has probably been here for a long time. Movies like Batman, show how they use secret tracking devices on individuals all the time. If they're willing to show that to the general global public, then what advanced tracking technology have the elite got, that they are they hiding from us?

I told my sister, because she has an Iphone, everything I have learned about it through this website (following this website for more than a year now). I'm 19 and she's 22 so she thinks I'm just crazy, nobody really takes me seriously in my household. Not even my partner believes me, my partner believes I'm getting too into this conspiracy s**t. But…it's no longer a conspiracy if it's OBVIOUSLY happening, right?

Luckily, my cousin and I share info here and there we've discovered and though she owns an Iphone, which is sort of contradictory, she still is quite interested in this kind of stuff like I am. But to be honest, I don't think there's no escaping this unless you decide to live in a cabin somewhere in a forest and grow your own food with no type of technology. 🙁

I can relate to what you say… completely.

On another note, here's what I can predict already… a few years from now, the State police could potentially arrest a group of people if they are gathered together, without actually carrying their phones — labeling them as 'engaging in suspicious activity' or 'danger to national security'.

Mark my words.

Don't remind me of those turds. One of them was following me one evening because I was allegedly driving without a seat belt. They don't even issue the fine then and there from what I heard, they send it to you on the post a month later in order to double your initial fine.

I've been saying the same thing as you have for a couple of years now and people laugh at me for it – pretty soon, if you take action to not be tracked, like not having a phone, it'll be treated as suspicious activity and they'll harrass you for it. And here in Canada they already are to a growing extent. I pay for everything with cash, I only carry ID or cards when it's absolutely necessary and twice now in the past 2 months I've been harrassed by police asking for ID, yet the friends I was with had their ID on them and they were never asked. It's as if the police can tell whether or not you're carring a driver's license in your pocket. Yet even though there have been several people with me at the time, they still laugh and ridicule me when I ask them… Read more »

I have seriously been thinking about switiching back to a standard flip phone, and deleting my facebook… This is all too creepy!

@ JLB – concerning FACEBOOK….

I TRIED TO DELETE MY PROFILE, BUT THE SOFTWARE ITSELF STILL KEEPS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

BELIEVE ME, I TRIED TO DELETE IT SEVERAL TIMES,

AND STILL IT WILL NOT ERASE ALL THE DETAILS….

"i think once you get to it, it will stick forever.. more like a memo for every living person on earth on whosoever would like to see the memo…"

somethings big that is coming our way…

i pray that me and my girlfriend and our loved ones will make it out alive from ALL THESE LIES AND DECEPTION! THE EVIL THAT'S BEEN GOING ON LATELY…….

and just as the bible says, but forgot the book and the verse though that:

"the world has been given to the wicked."

Hate to say it people but deleting a facebook account is not possible. The account and all info will continue to be held by facebook and not removed, the account will not be reachable by other facebookers or yourself thats all! the account will still exist. But yes i would recommend to stop facebooking your lives for any to see.

Do not just think of "switiching back to a standard flip phone, and deleting your facebook… " do it at once!

Good idea, i already quit facebook/twitter couple months ago. I have 0 regret about it. I also don't need a cellphone, soon my lg android will be in the nearest garbage can.

@Malcom. Are you saying that in The Netherlands this is happening and you all know it and everyone is aware of this?

" all our phonecalls are recorded and texts registered, now we have rfid public transport. so they know where you are. but now we are forced to take a personalized chipcard. you can take a anonymous one.. but the only way to put money on it is by using your bank account,, so in the end they know."

Yes, all phone calls, text messages, website visits are logged by the government. This is already going on for years

i want to agree with yout but….. the article says that even dumbphones are constantly in communication with the nearest tower and that info could be obtained by police.

chilling passage: "Something like (smartphone app) Foursquare, something like Find My Friends, these things all would have sounded like something from 1984. Now they are fun and free."

orwellian life, worth living?

That's what I meant, Malcolm. I lived in the Netherlands last year and we had to travel from Amsterdam out to the soccer stadiums everyday because that's where the tent was. All rfid chips, same with Montreal, London-every major public transport city. Moving back to London soon, where I will be watched and monitored constantly. And here in San Francisco my phone is subject to being taken over for texting by the government "in case of emergency". As I said, they can even predict where you will be next almost 90% of the time. It just is. And it's sad.

I always had to pay fares at discount fares in Holland and the same rules applied to the Dutch students.

its for YEARS like this in the netherland,,

all our phonecalls are recorded and texts registered,

now we have rfid public transport.

so they know where you are.

but yes.. its free for students, public transport i mean, for YEARS.. but now we are forced to take a personalized chipcard.

you can take a anonymous one.. but the only way to put money on it is by using your bank account,, so in the end they know.

but yes.. it is or everyday free traveling or 7/8 euros a day.. for 1 and a half busride in total.

so..

I dont like it.

my bike got stolen.

at the moment I got a new one im not goiing by bus anymore

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