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    ACLU and EFF Sue Justice Dept. Over Mobile Phone Tracking

    Disclosure: I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program.

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation have filed a lawsuit in an effort to get the Department of Justice "to turn over records related to the government’s use of people’s cell phones as tracking devices." The groups say the Justice Deparment has "failed to release the documents or provide an adequate response to" the ACLU’s November 2007 Freedom of Information Act request for the records "following revelations that federal officials are using Americans’ cell phones to pinpoint their locations, sometimes without a warrant or any court oversight."

    "Signing up for cell phone services should not be synonymous with signing up to be spied on and tracked by the government," said ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump.

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