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ACLU of Utah Seeks Details on Government Cell Phone Tracking

03 August 2011 Published in Newsroom

ACLU of Utah Seeks Details on Government Cell Phone Tracking

Today the ACLU of Utah sent GRAMA requests to six Utah law enforcement agencies seeking information showing when, why, and how law enforcement is using cell phone location data to track Americans. The ACLU of Utah’s requests are part of a massive effort by 34 ACLU affiliates nationwide to collect information from more than 379 state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to strip away the secrecy that has surrounded law enforcement’s use of cell phone tracking capabilities.

“The ability to access cell phone location data is an incredibly powerful tool and its use is shrouded in secrecy. The public has a right to know how and under what circumstances their location information is being accessed by the government,” said Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “A detailed history of someone's movements is extremely personal and is the kind of information the Constitution protects.”

ACLU of Utah Executive Director Karen McCreary added, “The Fourth Amendment requires that law enforcement demonstrate probable cause and obtain a warrant before accessing private information about an individual. Utahns have a right to know if, how, and how often they are being tracked by the police.”

Watch a KSL interview with Legal Director Darcy Goddard (8/4/11) >>

Salt Lake City Police Department Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>
Salt Lake County Sheriff Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>
Utah County Sheriff Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>
Washington County Sheriff Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>
Weber County Sheriff Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>
West Valley City Police Department Cell Phone Location Tracking GRAMA (PDF) >>

More information about the requests is available at: www.aclu.org/locationtracking

Read the full National ACLU press release >>

Tell Congress To Update Privacy Laws to Protect Location Information
Sen. Ron Wyden & Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act in the House and Senate to protect location privacy. The bills require law enforcement to get a warrant based on probable cause before accessing location information and also regulate the use of this information by business. With location tracking cases rising up all over the country this would provide a strong and clear national standard for law enforcement

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress To Update Privacy Laws to Protect Location Information >>

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