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Oklahomans concerned about unmanned aircraft attend state Capitol rally

idp13 capitol 1

Photo by Dana Lawhon

Kaye Beach

Feb.24, 2013

From the Oklahoman, Michael McNutt, Feb. 23, 2013

Nearly 200 people attend a rally Saturday at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City to support Oklahoma House Bill 1556 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, that would place regulations on the use of drones in the state.

Joanne Francisco, one of several people who came to a state Capitol rally Saturday with a face mask, said the encroachment of government on
her 4th Amendment right to privacy, such as the possible use of drones to spy on individuals, is a growing concern.

“Government is getting too intrusive, nosy,”
said Francisco, of Tulsa. “How do we know when our rights have been infringed upon? We can see a peeping Tom outside our window, but we
can’t necessarily see when we’re being spied on by a drone.”

The article highlights statements by Ryan Kiesel, Director of the Oklahoma ACLU, Amie Stepanovich, legal counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center and an expert in government surveillance, and Amanda Teegarden, Exec. Director of OK-SAFE, Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise.

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Oklahoma has three important privacy protecting bill active this session.  All of them need some grassroots support to help ensure that they become law.

Please see our action items on HB1556, HB1557 and HB1559 covering privacy protections regarding drones, phones and RFID chips;

Okla. Legislative Action: Three Important Privacy Protection Bills and What You Can Do to Help

Drones, Phones and RFID; PRIVACY Unites Left and Right in Oklahoma

ok dragonfly

Kaye Beach

Jan. 10, 2013

Despite the uncomfortable level of political division among Americans, there are still issues that bring us together.

This legislative session the left and right are pulling together for privacy.  I couldn’t be more excited about this development becuase when the battle between our right to privacy and big corporation’s desire to make money intersect, our numbers are everything.

On Sat. Feb. 23rd at the Oklahoma State Capitol, we will have an opportunity to assemble and to demonstrate those numbers and make it very clear to our elected representatives that Oklahomans expect their privacy rights to be respected!

Speakers:

Amie Stepanovich, EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, on drones and privacy

Ryan Kiesel, Director, OK ACLU

Amanda Teegarden, Exec. Director od OK-SAFE  – Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise will be our Master of Ceremonies-

IDP13 OKC flyer

Here is a copy of this flyer for you to download and share!

International Day For Privacy Oklahoma City

If you would like to connect with others online who are excited about and are attending this event, check out Oklahomans For Fourth Amendment Rights at State Capitol on Facebook.

KFOR reports Feb. 5th, 2013:

Unlikely groups join forces to support privacy bills

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union along with Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a joint press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday to explain the three bills aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Oklahomans.

House Bill 1559: The first bill would prohibit the Department of Public Safety from installing RFID radio frequency identification in a driver’s license.

House Bill 1557: Another bill would require law enforcement, absent an emergency, to first obtain a warrant before they access the geo-location data stored by a cell phone.

House Bill 1556: Finally, the third bill would limit the ability of law enforcement to use drones for surveillance without a warrant. 

Read more from KFOR

http://kfor.com/2013/02/05/unlikely-groups-join-forces-to-support-privacy-bills/

Michigan State Police Explain use of Cell Phone Data Extraction Device

Kaye Beach

April 21, 2011

Yesterday I posted this story;

Cell Phone Data Suckers-They’re Heeeere

“The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.”

The ACLU of MI has complained that they have been stymied in their open records request to MSP since 2008 and expressed concerns about how the  MSP might be using the devices.

Today the MSP issued a press release in response.

From EUPNews

April 21, 2011

LANSING – Recent news coverage prompted by a press release issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought speculation and caused inaccurate information to be reported about data extraction devices (DEDs) owned by the Michigan State Police (MSP).

To be clear, there have not been any allegations of wrongdoing by the MSP in the use of DEDs.

The MSP only uses the DEDs if a search warrant is obtained or if the person possessing the mobile device gives consent. The department*s internal directive is that the DEDs only be used by MSP specialty teams on criminal cases, such as crimes against children.

The DEDs are not being used to extract citizens’ personal information during routine traffic stops.

The MSP does not possess DEDs that can extract data without the officer actually possessing the owner’s mobile device. The DEDs utilized by the MSP cannot obtain information from mobile devices without the mobile device owner knowing.

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A4L Fri. April 22 6-8pm CST Florida’s Real ID Fallout with Paul Henry and Cell Phone Data Suckers in MI

Updated May 5, 2011

A listener took a clip from the show and put it on you tube-Great Job and Thank you!

Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen – Smart Phones used as People Tracking Devices

Join Howard Houchen and I Friday April 22 from 6-8pm CST.  We will be taking a close look at how Real ID is unfolding in the state of Florida, one of the states that has accepted and is implementing the Real ID Act.

Listening Info HERE

Whats with Florida?
A couple of weeks ago we talked to Joel and Robert Chandler about the toll operators in Florida detaining travelers contingent upon disclosure of their personal information  for simply  paying their toll fee in cash!  If this wasn’t bad enough, Joel dropped a bombshell on us towards the end of the show revealing that he and his brother, both model citizens by anyone’s definition, have been subject to numerous investigations involving state and federal agencies since they began filing open records requests.  Unbelievable!  Listen to that show here

Follow that story at FogWatch.org

Listening Info Here

Our Special Guest will be Paul Henry, retired Deputy Sheriff and Florida State trooper for 25 years, now leading the fight to repeal Real ID in his state.

Floridians Against Real ID

A few articles regarding Real ID fallout in Florida:

Also, here is another issue we are following very closely;  The Michigan Cell Phone Data Sucker.   Listen live Friday for a special guest with the inside scoop on the CelleBrite data sucker and how it is being used by law enforcement in Michigan.

Join us Friday April 22, 2011 from 6-8 pm CST!

Listening Info HERE

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Cell Phone Data Suckers-They’re Heeeere

Kaye Beach

April 20, 2011

Hat tip to Howard Houchen who has worked hard on getting the completely  unnecessary texting ban bill killed and spotted this story the minute it came up.

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

“The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.”

This is exactly what we were warning about with the recent texting ban legislation proposed by Rep. Danny Morgan;

From ‘Oklahoma Legislative Lu Lu’s or “Lets Play Cell Phone Follies!”‘  Current law that protects our few remaining rights will have to be retooled to accommodate more intrusive means to enforce bans on texting or cell phone usage.  There are a number of ways they could go about it but the  short answer is that in order for officers to be able to effectively enforce a texting ban there must be a way to either

A.  Control when and where you use your cell phone.

B.   Be able to gain access to your cell phone data or phone records in a way that is fast and efficient

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According to law enforcement:

  • The only way to prove that a person was texting while driving is by accessing the data on the cell phone.

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The Newspaper report on the cell phone brain suckers goes on to say that;

A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

I knew that these devices existed and were being marketed but I could find no reference to them being used when I researched the issue.  Apparently the ACLU in MI requested information on how they were being utilized back in 2008 only to be told by the police department that they would provide the information to the ACLU for a 544, ooo fee!

Here is the ACLU’s most recent request letter

More and more it becomes apparent that for all the talk of transparency, it is a concept that applies most to us and not our public servants.

Random News from Underdome

Kaye Beach

March 13, 2011

No editorializing. Just a random dust-up of resent news from the Oklahoma State Legislature.

 

Legislature should raise dropout age in Oklahoma
NewsOK.com
THE Oklahoma Senate wants to force teenagers who leave high school before graduating to lose their driver’s licenses. The bill’s sponsor is Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville. His singular goal is laudable: to reduce the thousands of youngsters in Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma House Passes Arizona-style Immigration Bill
Fox News
March 12, 2011

George Faught, R-Muskogee, who co-chairs a joint House and Senate committee charged with developing a comprehensive anti-illegal immigration bill. The bill stiffens the penalties for human smuggling and allows law enforcement to seize property used to

Sunshine Oklahoma government becoming more open
NewsOK.com
March 13,2011

Floor votes in the House and Senate will only be taken on bills where the amount of money being spent is specified in the legislation. “We want the people of Oklahoma to feel good about the processes here at the state Capitol,” said Speaker of the

 

Bill is an effort to save lives by cracking down on drunken drivers
NewsOK.com
The state Senate will vote soon on Senate Bill 529, also known as the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act, by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City. If enacted, a first-offense conviction of DUI would result in the mandatory use of

 

Bond issues get Oklahoma legislators’ cold shoulder
NewsOK.com
March 13,2011

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs in Oklahoma City in December 2006. Photo By John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archive It remains an uphill task to get a bond issue approved for a new state Veterans Affairs Department building, said Rep.

Oklahoma looks to ban texting while driving
e-wisdom.com
March 12,2011

BeHouse Bill 3250, which was passed by both the state House and Senate in March 2010, states that drivers operating a vehicle while “using a hand-held mobile telephone to write, send, or read a text message while the motor vehicle is in motion” can be

Oklahoma Texting and Driving Could Become Illegal

Kaye Beach
Feb 19, 2011
Notice that Officer Craig Murray says that even though the bill has not yet become law, police can cite you for inattentive driving if you are fooling with your cell phone and not paying proper attention  to the task at hand-driving.
So, one more time.  Can someone explain why this new law is needed???
Oh!  I remember now.

Feb 18, 2011
Texting and driving could soon be illegal in Oklahoma. The State Senate will look a bill banning texting and driving for all drivers, regardless of age. 

If the bill passes and you get caught texting and driving twice it could cost you up to $500.

We’ve all heard that texting and driving is dangerous and we can see drivers all around us constantly using their cell phones. 

“Although they are not illegal yet if you do something to cause your attention to an officer then he can stop you and write you a ticket for that,” says Tulsa Police Officer Craig Murray. (Emphasis mine)

Right now in the State of Oklahoma you can get pulled over while you are texting or talking on the phone, but the ticket will read inattentive driving, soon that may change.

You could be fined $175 for a texting and driving ticket.
How hard will it be to enforce for police officers?
“But if someone is down and there head is like this and you can tell that you are doing something or even one handed it’s pretty obvious that an officer is going to be able to determine, yeah you are not paying attention to the road, you are inattentive,” says Murray.
I believe what the officer is alluding to is that while it is not hard to determine that a driver is not paying attention it may be more difficult to determine what exactly the source of the distraction is.  In this most common case, the ticket would still be for inattention.  I will call officer Murray for clarification but one thing is certain-unless we give  law enforcement the ability to access time/date stamp data on the cell phone, in most cases they will be unable to cite the driver for texting.  This opens up a whole new can of worms and will likely require further alterations to existing law.

[. . .]Regardless of if you are reading a text or typing a text you still can get a ticket. It may be an inattentive citation, or if the bill passes, a texting and driving ticket.

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also see Oklahoma Legislative Lu Lu’s or “Lets Play Cell Phone Follies!”

Okla. Texting Ban: The questions we weren’t supposed to ask (but did anyways)

and just for fun!

Oklahoma Legislative Lu Lu’s or ‘Lets Play Cell Phone Follies!’

Kaye Beach

Jan 19, 2011

No one will argue that texting while driving is a good idea, it’s not.

When I started EMT school the first heartbreaking wreck I was exposed to was caused by a young driver fiddling with her phone.  Naturally my immediate reaction was “there ought to be a law….”

While my views about texting or talking and driving have not changed since 2007, my views about lawmaking have.  I have been educated over the last 3 years that I have spent primarily trying to put a damper on intrusive legislation.

Here are a few things I have learned in that time that has cured me of the “there ought to be a law…” type thinking.

  • Bills promoted for one reason may actually be intended or used for an entirely different purpose.
  • Bills passed in haste by our legislators will be repented at leisure . . by the constituents.
  • Unnecessary or poorly thought out legislation contributes cumulatively to undermine the strength of the rule of law.

There were no less than 8 bills offered last session that proposed to ban texting while driving in some fashion, at least three were submitted in 2009 and five bills before that. link

Morgan’s Folly

Already this year, Rep Danny Morgan has announced that he will run another bill  proposing to do the same.

Jan 18, 2011

Lawmaker Wants Complete Ban On Texting While Driving

Rep. Danny Morgan: ‘It Will Be Complete Texting, E-Mail Ban On Adult Drivers

link

So before we get carried away here and confuse the fact that abstaining from texting while hurtling down the road at 60 mph is a really good idea with the enshrining of this good idea in law, let’s examine the issue a little deeper.

Video from the Jan. 18th press conference for Morgan’s unveiling of his bill, HB 1316.

Perspective

While every single life lost to a cause that could have been prevented is unquestionably, a tragedy, it is helpful to try and put the problem into perspective especially with alarmist claims that there is an “epidemic” of digital mayhem in progress.

Oklahoma Highway Safety Office interim study, 2009 reports that in “2007, there were 10 fatal crashes in our state involving a driver distracted by an electronic device; in 2008, there were 13.

Despite the dramatic proliferation of cell phones over the last decade—more than 80 percent of Americans now use them—driving in America is safer than it has ever been.  Link

Source: Oklahoma Highway Safety Office

Is this law really necessary?

First of all, the free market actually has a fix for this.  You can use speech recognition technology to dictate texts, emails and internet searches.  It works amazingly well and is getting better all the time.  This same technology translates text to speech so you can hear rather than read any material that you like.

The most powerful arguments for draconian restrictions on cell phone usage are based on limited or dubious studies.

The Oklahoma’s Highway Safety Office’s interim study on Distracted Driving in 2009 overall found the studies used by texting ban proponents to be less than compelling pointing out flaws in methodology and other weaknesses.  The Office did note however, that among young drivers, the issue was a matter of concern but also noted that distraction from sources other than cell phones was an even greater problem. link

As it stands now, Minors are prohibited by law from using a cell phone while driving in Oklahoma.

As a matter of fact, since Nov 1 2010, anyone caught driving without giving due attention to the task at hand can be stopped on the spot and fined $100.

This law states;

“The operator of every vehicle, while driving, shall devote their full time and attention to such driving.”

“No law enforcement officer shall issue a citation under this section unless the law enforcement officer observes that the operator of the vehicle is involved in an accident or observes the operator of the vehicle driving in such a manner that poses an articulable danger to other persons on the roadway that is not otherwise specified in statute.”  link

Bad Driver’s get tickets in Oklahoma!

So,  no matter if you are distracted because you are putting on mascara, changing a CD or refereeing a fight between two kids, the fact that you are not giving you attention to the road thus endangering everyone else, is the focus and for this you can be stopped and ticketed.

Isn’t it the hazardous driving that is the problem?

Another problem-the law is unenforceable.

There are many difficulties with this kind of a law in a strictly practical sense;

Officer Jeff Sulewski said the law is too tough to enforce.

“You have to have a search warrant to access the content of a phone, access somebody’s private cell phone,” he said. “In order to prove someone was texting, we’d have to get a search warrant.

Ok. So what’s the problem?  Get one.  Isn’t that what warrants are for?

The truth is that cops find getting a warrant to prove that someone is guilty of this type of violation to be too much trouble which indicates to me that the problem is really being blown out of proportion.  I think the police are in one of the best positions to judge.  To them, texting while driving is either not enough of a threat to the public at large or (for you cynics out there) not profitable enough to bother with.

In Toledo Ohio nine months after the ban went into effect just 6 tickets for texting while driving had been written.   What police say they are doing instead is issuing tickets for distracted driving, a law that was already in effect before the texting ban was issued.

Texting-while-driving ban tough to enforce

Jan. 10 2011

The less-than-a-year-old ban on texting while driving in Michigan is a difficult law to enforce, according to Livingston County law enforcement officials.

The ban, which took effect July 1, hasn’t had an effect on the county, as area police chiefs say they haven’t written any tickets for texting while driving.

“It’s really tough to tell if someone is texting while they’re driving because there’s no device for us to tell. Everything is visual,” Howell Police Chief George Basar said. Link

More on the enforcement issue further down.

Does the law work?

The good news first;

One study shows found that bans did seem to lower the number of people visibly handling their cell phones while driving.

Other studies do not.

As noted by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office;

It is also unclear whether laws against hand-held cell phones have a marked effect on phone usage by drivers of any age. In New York, the number of drivers using hand-held phones 15 months after legislation took effect was only slightly lower than drivers using the devices before the law took effect. In Connecticut, the number of users was actually slightly higher 15 months after the law was in place. LINK

Now the bad news;

ARLINGTON, VA — It’s illegal to text while driving in most US states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers.  LINK

The same study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that, strangely, crashes were NOT reduced after the ban went into effect.  Even weirder, in 3 out of the 4 states examined crashes actually increased!

That doesn’t mean, of course, that banning texting while driving causes more crashes.  It does indicate that a law passed for the sole purpose of improving safety has, so far, not worked as intended.

“Whatever the reason, the key finding is that crashes aren’t going down where hand-held phone use has been banned”

http://www.iihs.org/news/2010/hldi_news_012910.pdf

One theory to explain this phenomenon is that people still text (surprise!) but when they do they try to hide it making the practice more hazardous than before.

This study is limited in scope by the short time frame it covers but it does demonstrate the fact that merely passing a law doesn’t mean much. Officials concede that it will require steeper fines and additional penalties such as offenders losing points off their license along with costly public awareness campaigns to really show results.

But we still have a big problem with enforceability.  You can’t impose stiff fines if you can’t catch them.

The problem of enforcement was apparent before the first law banning texting was ever issued.  If lawmakers insist upon treating the cell phone as the source of all evil instead of emphasizing the responsibility of the individual to control the vehicle they are driving, we can look forward to a whole new set of problems.

State Police Sgt. Lance Cook, a former traffic law expert with the state who works at the state police Bay City Post, said the only way to prove someone was reading or sending a text message is to look at the digital time stamp on their device.

“The problem is, a police officer is not going to have probable cause to go into somebody’s phone and look at that stuff unless there’s been some type of crime committed,” he said.

“The bottom line is, we had enough laws on the books to handle the results of bad driving from text messaging, eating a burger or changing the radio station anyway,” Cook said. “And to just keep enumerating new distractions to outlaw don’t really give us any new tools.

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2010/06/law_enforcement_and_saginaw_re.html

Current law that protects our few remaining rights will have to be retooled to accommodate more intrusive means to enforce bans on texting or cell phone usage.  There are a number of ways they could go about it but the  short answer is that in order for officers to be able to effectively enforce a texting ban there must be a way to either

A.  Control when and where you use your cell phone.

B.   Be able to gain access to your cell phone data or phone records in a way that is fast and efficient

Our cell phones nowadays are personal computing devices that hold an amazing amount of personal information about us. Pictures, emails, calendars and appointments are obvious but the possibilities are endless.  Allowing instant, on demand or warrant less access to this data would be an astonishing breach of the 4th Amendment.  I’m willing to go on record with an educated hunch that if this law passes whatever new access to our cell phone tracking devices that will eventually be granted in order to aid enforcement will also be put to use in some other creative way.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made the banning of texting and cell phone usage while driving his personal crusade.  This fall he upped the ante by suggesting motorist habits might be controlled with by application of some sort of cell phone kill switch.

Making the cable TV rounds to unveil a public service announcement campaign against “epidemic” cell phone use and texting on the road, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood revealed bizarre and alarming plans on Wednesday to install devices in cars that would block a driver’s ability to communicate. link

When asked about another of his authoritarian-style plans,

the “Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ his department had formed with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing—sometimes known as the “livability initiative”–was designed to “coerce” people out of their cars. link

Secretary LaHood replied

“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.”

If state legislators are determined to make the specific uses of certain devices while driving their focus rather than the easily identifiable, dangerous actions of the driver that put others at risk then they will find Secretary LaHood’s comments to be bracing but how Oklahoma’s will feel about that attitude being imported and applied to them even if they accept the argument that it is “for their own good”,  remains to be seen.

Personally speaking, I think it is reasonable for the police to be able to intervene by stopping and citing me if I am driving in a hazardous manner but as to this ongoing crusade against personal electronic devices, I have only this to say;

Rep. Morgan, would you please Get Off My Phone!!

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Congress Wants Legislation to Obtain Prepaid Cell Phone Users’ Identities

Congress wants to remove the possibility of anyone having an anonymous cell phone because some people do or might use it for illegal acts.

Based on this logic, most anything could be be justified!

Guns come to mind and of course the innocent glass bud vase which some people apparently use smoke crack.

I am now terrified to buy little glass vases for my posies for fear I will be pegged as a crack head on a fusion center  SARS report.

June 4, 2010, By Karen Wilkinson, Staff Writer

Since prepaid cell phones don’t require a contract, credit check or identification to purchase them, they are one of the last remaining anonymous communication tools.

Used by the poor, reporters, their sources, whistleblowers, abused spouses and anyone needing an untraceable phone number, they’ve also become the device du jour of drug dealers and terrorists who want to avoid the eyes and ears of law enforcement. While such phones pose problems for police agencies — they can’t be wiretapped as can traditional cell phones and land lines — their purposes are far-reaching.

But this safety net or criminal-enabling device — depending on one’s perspective — may be eliminated if a newly introduced Senate bill passes. A bipartisan pair of Senate leaders recently introduced legislation that would require prepaid cell phone purchasers to present identification and cell phone companies to keep that information on file for 18 months after the phone’s deactivation.

“Although there are many legitimate users of prepaid cell phones, they have also become the communication device of choice for terrorists, drug lords and gang members interested in masking their identities,” stated a press release from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. “Since they can be purchased and activated without signing a contract or undergoing a credit check, prepaid cell phones provide virtual anonymity.”

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Papers Please! gives this analysis

Wanna buy a prepaid SIM card? “Papers, please!”

S. 3427, a bill introduced in the Senate this week by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX),  would require would require ID “verification” as a prerequite to buying a prepaid cell phone or SIM card.

The seller or reseller of the phone or SIM card would be required to collect your personal information (including name, address, date of birth, and for online sales your Social Security number) and all unique identifiers of the phone or SIM card including the including the EMEI or other serial number and the assigned phone number.

For in-person sales, you would have to show government-issued ID credentials in a form to be determined later by the Attorney General.  For online or other non-face-to-face sales, you would also have to provide “Any other personal identifying information that the Attorney General finds, by regulation, to be necessary for purposes of this section.”

The bill would place no limits on the amount or intrusiveness of the information the Attorney General could demand, as long as it is spelled out in regulations.  And there’s nothing in the bill to stop the AG from making the verification requirements so onerous as to amount to a de facto ban on online or mail order sales of prepaid SIM card or cell phones

Read more;

MO Cops get Sooper Snooper Cell Phone Data Extraction Device

Hope no one has sent you a dirty picture or used your phone without your knowlege.

Note to parents-Do not let your kids use your phone.  Teenage sexting should get you about 20 and utterly ruin your life.

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COLUMBIA — The ability to peer deep into cellular phones and other mobile devices soon will become part of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigatory arsenal.

The department will spend $3,999 on a gizmo that carries an extravagant name. The Universal Forensics Extraction Device, or UFED, is manufactured by CelleBrite, a leading company in the transfer and backup of mobile content. It also sells UFEDs to law enforcement agencies worldwide, according to CelleBrite’s Web site.

The Boone County Commission approved the purchase Tuesday morning. The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force will use the device to copy cell phone data — including phone numbers, contacts, pictures, videos, text messages, call logs and even some information the phone owner thinks has been deleted — that might be useful in its investigations.