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Topic: The privacy of our cell phones. How much control does the government really have? Do they know too much? Is there such thing anymore as “going off the grid”? etc.
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Cell phones have become very popular in the past decade. Not only have they become incredibly popular but they have also become extremely tech savvy. Now a days, whenever one uses their cell phone, they are constantly being tracked using GPS even if you are just surfing a mobile app or simply connecting to Wi-Fi. The common phrase “Big Brother is always watching” could not be truer to help describe our modern society. What most people do not realize is that even if our phones do not have GPS enabled, it is still possible to be tracked. The government has constant access to our location and whereabouts, cell phones can be used to store personal data, which can be sold to third parties, and the idea of being tracked constantly unless your cell phone is turned off completely is considered ‘unconstitutional’ and a violation of the Fourth Amendment which promotes the right to privacy.
First, the moment us subscriber’s cellular devices are turned on even if the device is not being used to receive or make a call, it can still be tracked and located. According to Montana Law Review, the reasoning to why it is possible that our cell phones can be tracked and located is because of a process called “registration”. “To maintain the strongest signal, the phone searches for the nearest tower every seven seconds. The data generated during registration contains no communication; it only identifies the towers to and from which the phone is sending and receiving signals. Cell phone service providers store all of this data. Although no communications are involved, this information allows law enforcement to determine the location of the cell phone, and hence, the location of the cell phone’s owner”. Since, cell phone providers store all of this data that we think we own and belongs to us since it is our personal information, often times this personal information can be sold to third parties which is unethical as well as unconstitutional since the Fourth Amendment states our right to privacy. ……. ….