Your Data Deserves Protection
We advocate to protect your cell phone location data by demanding...
The requirement of a warrant based on probable cause for location tracking of individuals except in the case of a life threatening emergency or pursuit of a fugitive.
The allowance of an order for tracking to be sealed for not more than 180 days unless a judge finds good cause to extend the seal.
A requirement for governmental agencies to delete any cell phone location and call data collected about innocent people in the course of a criminal investigation.
The requirement of reporting to the public of aggregate information about the amount, type, and outcome of location tracking by police agencies in Texas.
ACLU of Texas
Texans for Accountable Government
Texas Civil Rights Project
On April 30th, HB3165 will have a committee hearing in downtown Austin, Texas. HB3165 requires three important pieces for law enforcement compliance to protect privacy of Texas residents. One, it requires a warrants issued to obtain cell site information through the use of a cell site simulator device, such as a Stingray. This bill also[…]
TxEPC received cuts from the committee hearing of House Bill 2263 on April 8th, 2015 from the local Electronic Frontier Foundation. View both videos of opening and closing statements by Representative Hughes at the Emerging Issues committee late that evening. Opening Statements Representative Hughes goes over the evolution of this bill’s language from last year[…]
Support public disclosure and warrants for use of “stingray” surveillance Authored by Representative Bohac Brian Owsley, a former Texas federal judge and current law professor at Indiana Tech, told Ars Technica: “It is common knowledge that state and local law enforcement agencies are purchasing this technology with grants from the Department of Homeland Security,” he[…]
Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition: Response to police comments on HB 2263 A handful of law enforcement critics have raised concerns at this week’s hearing about HB 2263 (Hughes, et. al) that deserve further discussion. Claim: Cell tower location data is less accurate and therefore does not violate privacy as much as GPS Cell tower location[…]
On Wednesday night, our team of advocates provided testimony in the Texas Legislature in support of HB 2263. Appearing before the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, five members of TxEPC and one independent witness representing Data Foundry outlined the case for increased protection of cell phone geolocation data in Texas. The bill was left pending[…]
In the face of a little bit of opposition, HB2263 has support far and wide. TxEPC would like to thank for Christopher Soghoian from the ACLU for coming out for a special session. Christoper Soghoian, a known privacy advocate and activist, came out to Austin on April 8th to talk about any concerns representatives had[…]
Telecom AT&T supports probable cause warrants for law enforcement requests concerning historical cell site location data. Today telecoms deal with numerous requests for personal location information in a variety of forms such as: subpoenas, court orders with less than probable cause, search warrants, and court orders issued on demonstration of probable cause. AT&T decided it[…]
Warrants for Surveillance STOP GOVERNMENT SNOOPING. Current law allows the government to track your location (where you’ve been and where you are now) using information from your cell phone provider or directly from your phone without evidence that you have committed a crime. Most Texans don’t realize how frequently the government gains access to cell[…]
Cell-phone location data reveals a detailed map of a person’s location over time – from visits to the doctor, tending to familial duties, attendance at political events, or even liaisons with a paramour – in ways which are both radically invasive of privacy and which were impossible to imagine before the sweeping technological innovations of[…]
Coalition member GritsForBreakfast.org has been keeping up with the growing list of states that now require a warrant for police to access cell phone location data. This summer, Tennessee’s law went into effect. Tennessee joins Montana, Virginia, Utah and Maine — states that also passed state legislation to grant citizens this protection. Courts gave the[…]