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Post by Ted-Pencry on 21/12/2012, 16:46

Cell phones long ago ceased to be a luxury and became something we can’t leave home without. But even when your device is idle or turned off, it’s sending information about your location to a cell phone tower every seven seconds. One thing most of us don’t consider is access to that information isn’t limited to your cell phone carrier.

“Police and the government can use that ping to track your whereabouts. There is no expectation of privacy in carrying that cell phone,” said Savannah attorney Bates Lovett of Hunter Maclean. Lovett said carriers can give out this information without your knowledge or permission, and in some cases without a court order.

“They can pull your text messages. They can pull your search history. Those are the types of data and information that they’re being able to pull off now that they don’t always need a warrant for,” said Lovett.

Cell phone companies are now answering more demands for your data than ever before. Nine U.S. carriers responded to questions from U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D – Massachusetts) earlier this year. According to Markey, the group reported receiving more than 1.3 million requests for information from law enforcement in 2011.

There is no denying that cell phone data is useful and often essential for investigators working to solve crimes. Privacy advocates question whether law enforcement is being allowed too much leeway with what should be protected information.

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Post by exploresecure on 1/4/2013, 23:08

Valid points Ted. Cell phone security is indeed a big issue.

There is very little one can do to prevent location data being used by Gov Agencies. SOPs must always account for that, however this is generally speaking only ever going to be at government level and there are generally good monitors in place in most developed countries.

Content however is a different matter. We utilize a number of cell phone encryption apps and even steganography apps. The all encompassing one however is to utilize virtual private networks (vpns) and then voice, data, images, etc are all encrypted to a very high level. Location wise, it must always be assumed to be compromised, however information doesn't have to be.

This is not only very useful for security personnel but consider also the client or organization you are protecting. Information protection and technical surveillance counter measures must be thorough and at all levels. Link to some more info on the products here...
http://www.exploresecure.com/technology/mobile-communications-encryption-software/


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Post by Ted-Pencry on 8/4/2013, 22:53

thanks for your input exploresecure.

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