By 2020, cell phone companies will likely be tracking every mobile phone call they make, every text message they send, and every web page they visit, according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
And because mobile phones have become ubiquitous, the U.S. government has the ability to tap into the data.
While there is no universal definition of what constitutes “wiretapping,” EFF says that cell phone data is generally a broad category that includes all sorts of electronic communications, including texts, emails, calls, and GPS location information.
In 2020, when companies begin sharing their data, we’re expected to see widespread use of mobile data collection and sharing technologies, with the government likely to have access to a wide range of communications and other metadata.
In order to protect consumers, EFF is calling on the U,S.
Congress to adopt a law that would require the government to obtain a warrant before accessing metadata from cell phones.
This would be the first time in history that the government has to get a warrant to access cell phone metadata.
For the sake of consumer privacy and security, EFF also urges the Federal Communications Commission to create rules to allow the government access to mobile data from cell phone service providers.
If this isn’t enough, EFF wants Congress to require that the FBI obtain a court order to obtain cell phone location information from the phone companies.
The FBI and other agencies already use this type of metadata to search for and track terrorists and fugitives.
But these kinds of surveillance technologies aren’t just limited to the United States, and the U.,S.
Privacy Act should include protections for everyone in the world.
The report, “Cellphone Surveillance: Tracking Americans and Others,” will be released at EFF’s annual Privacy Summit in September.
More about cell phone privacy:The U.K. and U.A.E. agree on a “digital divide” that has resulted in a lack of data sharing, EFF says.
“It’s clear that the digital divide has led to a lack, both in sharing and in access to data, with privacy and civil liberties groups calling for more data sharing and access to metadata,” said Jennifer Lynch, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
EFF wants to make sure that the U and UA do more to protect consumer privacy, and it will continue to push for these reforms.
While the UPA’s surveillance reforms were a success, the Trump administration’s proposed budget would make the most drastic changes to cell phone collection in the US. and around the world, including requiring that the National Security Agency get a court warrant before collecting data from phone companies, and mandating that the Justice Department get a search warrant for the contents of a phone call.