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    Ars Technica: Mexican ‘Geolocalization Law’ draws ire of privacy activists

    Ars Technica reports on a new law in Mexico concerning location privacy:

    Last week, revisions to Mexican federal law took effect that give public authorities and law enforcement unprecedented ability to compel mobile phone companies to disclose real-time geographic data from mobile phone companies in a wide variety of cases.

    The group of legal revisions, popularly known collectively online as the #LeyGeolocalización (Geolocalization Law), appears to be squarely aimed at expanding police power to fight drug violence and gangs in a massive conflict primarily fought along the United States-Mexico border for decades. As new data found from the ACLU and EFF shows, local law enforcement across the United States are likely routinely using a similar practice. The Mexican law codifies what local and federal government in the US have been doing in practice for years.

    The bill passed the lower house of the Mexican parliament on March 1 by an overwhelming margin, 315 votes in favor, seven against, and six abstentions. The Mexican government and law enforcement have argued that they need more extensive surveillance power as a way to fight cartel-related violence and kidnappings. […]

    Not surprisingly, Mexican attorneys and human rights activists are speaking out against these expanded powers, arguing that despite the law’s good intentions, it is far too over-reaching. […]

    One of the main arguments against this expansion of police power is that local Mexican judicial officials and law enforcement cannot be trusted with such unchecked power, particularly when many states have been victim to corruption by drug cartels.

    Read the full article to find links to two legal analyses of the new Mexican law.

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