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
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[…]
If you don’t want the police, or for that matter anyone else, to be able to find you anywhere, anytime from your cell phone’s tracking data, then we’ve got the event for you. COMMITTEE: State Affairs TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 PLACE: Texas State Capitol Extension, Rm. E1.012 (Hearing Room) CHAIR: […]
The NSA’s various data collection programs have been (finally) subjected to some public scrutiny. No limits have been imposed yet, but at least people understand more about what’s being collected. There’s been far less discussion about the fact that your local police have many of the same tools and use them. (Map of states like[…]
It’s hard to believe, but Edward Snowden was NOT a household name when this coalition showed up at the legislature last year with one basic idea: if law enforcement wants to read your email or sweep up your cell phone location data, it should get a warrant. A lot has happened since then. Thanks to[…]
Wow. Are you a Verizon phone customer? Then the NSA is right now collecting call data about you under a no-longer-secret order leaked to The Guardian. The breadth of the order is breathtaking. All Verizon customers, and all calls between people located within the U.S. (including local calls) or between a U.S. location and a[…]
TxEPC Action! (Cross-posted from EFF-Austin.) This Thursday May 9th, the Texas House of Representatives votes on HB1608 to determine whether our state will respect the privacy of your mobile phone geolocation data. Mobile phones are designed to track everywhere they go, and we think law enforcement should have to demonstrate probable cause to a judge[…]
The Texas House protected the privacy of our email today. Full report at Grits for Texas: Great news! This afternoon, Rep. Jon Stickland successfully attached a version of his HB 3164, requiring police to obtain warrants for emails stored with third parties (think cloud computing) older than 180 days, to legislation by Rep. John Frullo,[…]
A handful of law enforcement critics have raised concerns about HB 1608 (Hughes, et. al) and its companion SB 786 (Hinojosa) that deserve rebuttal. While most of the specific concerns are addressed in the committee substitute to the House version, here is a rebuttal of the particular criticisms being launched against the bill. ISSUE: Location[…]
Thank you to Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) for filing a different version of the bill to require a warrant for location data off our cell phones. Estes filed SB 1088 in the final week before the deadline. That both Republican and Democratic Texas state senators filed legislation to require a warrant for cell-phone location[…]