Public Phone Calls

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The next call you make from your cell phone might involve more people than you think.

According to Yahoo news law enforcement agencies are requesting more personal information from wireless carriers than ever before.

Last year text messages, locations and other information were requested more than 1.3 million times. The personal records were handed over in response to police emergencies, court orders and law enforcement subpoenas. And the information detailed everything from calls you make, to messages you send to your internet history.

Even Capitol Hill got involved. Over the past year congress has requested reports from nine carriers including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. But not all requests are granted. The carriers say they reject anything considered legally questionable or unjustified.

Sprint reported the largest amount of requests last year with an average of fifteen hundred a day. The other major carriers are reporting a 12 to 16% increase over the past five years. I guess privacy isn’t included in cell phone plans.