Markey Floats Bill To Curb Cellphone Tracking Requests

Law360, New York (August 10, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday proposed legislation to rein in the increasing number of law enforcement requests for cellphone data by requiring judicial authorization and limiting carriers' data retention.

Markey's draft bill, the Wireless Surveillance Act of 2012, stems from data he released in July as part of his ongoing investigation, which revealed that nine major cellphone providers had received more than 1.3 million requests for user data from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2011, a substantial increase from previous years....
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