A couple months back, I did a post on Sprint’s new efforts to acquire new customers. Turns out it was just another sneaky backhanded tactic to acquire more people they can rat out to law enforcement agencies by turning their customers’ own cell phones against them. From Wired:
Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.
The manager also revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed web portal that Sprint provides law enforcement to conduct automated “pings” to track users. Through the website, authorized agents can type in a mobile phone number and obtain global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the phone.
Damn, is it 1984 already? Let me off please.