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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 05:34 PM

How a "location API" allows cops to figure out where we all are in real-time
"Securus takes no steps to verify that uploaded documents in fact provide authorization…"

Cyrus Farivar - May 12, 2018 12:30 pm UTC

The digital privacy world was rocked late Thursday evening when The New York Times reported on Securus, a prison telecom company that has a service enabling law enforcement officers to locate most American cell phones within seconds. The company does this via a basic Web interface leveraging a location API—creating a way to effectively access a massive real-time database of cell-site records.

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 05:44 PM

Please see another related article :

 

Senator wants to know how police can locate any phone in seconds without a warrant

Real-time location data was accessible by police under "the legal equivalent of a pinky promise," said a senator.
Zack Whittaker

By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | May 11, 2018 -- 16:15 GMT (17:15 BST) | Topic: Security

 A senator is demanding that the FCC investigate why a company, contracted to monitor calls of prison inmates, also allows police to track phones of anyone in the US without a warrant. The bombshell story in The New York Times revealed Securus, a Texas-based prison technology company, could track any phone "within seconds" by obtaining data from cellular giants -- including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon -- typically reserved for marketers.

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https://www.zdnet.co...tless-tracking/