Cell Phone Surveillance Raising Major Privacy Concerns
Updated: Monday, November 19 2012, 09:25 AM EST
A new report on cell phone surveillance is raising major privacy concerns after records are landing in the hands of law enforcement.
Last month, a Massachusetts congressman launched an investigation into cell phone privacy after the New York Times reported cell phone tracking had become a common practice for police with little or no oversight.
Today, those findings were released. In the past five years, cell phone companies have seen a major spike in subpoenas from law enforcement.
Last year alone, police filed more than a million requests for cell phone requests.
Sprint received the most with 500,000 subpoenas last year, Verizon saw 260,00 requests and AT&T's more than doubled in the past five years.
Because of the spike in requests, most cell phone carriers have hired entire teams of employees dedicated to handling subpoenas. Verizon's legal team is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.