Futurelawyer is a blog authored by Richard M. Georges that focuses on “future technology for the lawyer of today.” On May 22, Richard featured a Ride the Lightning (RTL) post entitled, “Say What? U.S. Cell Carriers Selling Access to Your Real-Time Phone Location Data” in his own blog post. Ride the Lightning is an electronic evidence and cybersecurity blog by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson.
Excerpt: Ride The Lightning: Say What? U.S. Cell Carriers Selling Access to Your Real-Time Phone Location Data. LocationSmart is buying your real-time location data from your cell phone carrier. And, it is perfectly legal. If you carry a phone, you can be found, wherever you are. In some cases, this could be life saving, as emergency personnel could find you. But, in the hands of a rogue employee, such as a former police sheriff who spied on phone location data without a warrant, it is scary. LocationSmart hides behind an alleged requirement of explicit consent from the user, such as clicking on a text message app, or, and this is the iffy part, implied consent based on a case by case decision such as a motorist in trouble. But, there are so many holes in this system that additional regulation is needed. Of course, there is also the FutureLawyer solution. I have so many smartphones laying around that I could just distribute them in many locations. Call it location spoofing. Catch me if you can. Seriously, we all need to educate ourselves about our technology. 1984 may not be in the past at all.