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Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


How Much It Costs Law Enforcement To Snoop On Us Revealed

Mobile phones have become a ubiquitous part of our lives whether some of us like it or not but has we have found out it has also become a great way for police and other law enforcement agencies to snoop in our lives and generally track us without us knowing.

Granted, and thanks to a couple of recent court decisions, they need a court order to do this type of tracking but in most cases those warrants seem to be rubber stamped approval to let the police do what they want.

One question though that has never really been answered with any detail is how much do the carriers charge for providing this treasure trove of information to the police?

Well it turns out, thanks to some documents recently obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) we now have a clearer picture of those fees.

  • A wiretap for a customer on the T-Mobile network will run $500 per target
  • On the Sprint network that wiretap will cost $400 per market area and a $10 daily fee to a max of $2,000
  • AT&T will charge a $325 activation along with a $5-per-day fee for data and a $10 fee for audio
  • Verizon charges $50 for an administration plus $700 per month per target.
  • A tower dump which is the method that lets police see the phone number of every user that accessed a certain tower for a certain period of time and fees for this service range from $75 per hour to $150 per hour
  • Real-time tracking starts at $30 per month up to $100 per day

No doubt that all those fees can add up to some serious bottom line profits for the carriers eh.

via SlashGear



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Steven has been around the tech world long enough to see most of the stuff we think of cool happen before which leads to a certain bit of cynicism that has contributed to him being known as the cranky old fart of the Internet. Besides sharing some of the goodness that he finds with you here at 42x you can also find him curating some digital goodness at Winextra (tech type stuff) and Rotten Gumdrops (for your daily dose of WTF).

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