The national American Civil Liberties Union has asked police in 31 states to turn over information about when, why and how they use cellphone tracking data, such as global positioning service, reports California’s North County Times. The ACLU asked 34 affiliate chapters to request such policies and other data from local law enforcement agencies. “One of the perils of the new technology as to mobile devices is the increasing potential for government control and surveillance,” said David Blair-Loy, staff attorney with the San Diego ACLU chapter.
He said the request as made to determine whether police departments have protections and policies in place. A number of local police agencies said they had received the request. In a statement, the national ACLU, said, “All too often, the government is taking advantage of outdated privacy laws to get its hands on this valuable private information by demanding it without a warrant.”