This week the Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to access your cell phone location log. What is this about and why do you care? Let me break it down.
Cell towers constantly monitor your cell phone location handing you off to the nearest tower. Chief Justice Roberts, said it creates a “detailed chronicle of a person’s physical presence compiled every day, every moment over years.”… this achieves “near perfect surveillance,” but, because phone companies collect it for every device, “police need not even know in advance whether they want to follow a particular individual, or when.”
You should feel a tiny bit better. Had they ruled opposite, it would have opened the door to everything about you, logged on the internet, as public. Don’t feel too comfortable though. Your location, who you text or talk with, everything you look at, and buy is constantly being logged someplace and looked at by software, usually to sell you something. And if you are deemed a terrorist, no warrant is needed for police to use this data.