Law Enforcement Should Fear Release of Cell Phone Records
It occurs to me that no one has a greater interest in preventing cell phone records from being obtained by third parties via the internet than drug and FBI agents.
Informants often contact their police sponsors via cell phone. Cops give out their cell phone numbers for all sorts of reasons. Anyone wanting to know if someone has become an informant could order up a cop's cell phone records, and voila.
Also, a suspecting drug dealer could order up the records on an associate he thinks has given him up, and then request the records of the phone numbers listed. When one turns out to belong to an agent, somebody could be in real danger.
I don't think law enforcement should leave it to the phone companies to stop these websites. They ought to go in and bust them right now.
On the other hand, once informants realize their associates can get their cell phone records, maybe they'll think twice about informing on them.
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