Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:09:58 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers. Projected high corn yields, called bumper crops, couldFull Story >
This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:36:53 GMT
Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...Full Story >
Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...Full Story >
Let's face it, your phone is now a tracking device. And police are dialing up the cell phone companies more and more often asking for specific information like a user's whereabouts or even call log.
In response to a congressional inquiry the top cell phone companies finally revealed just how many times they've handed over user's cell phone data to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. They responded to an estimated 1.3 million demands for subscribers information last year alone.
And some of those requests could cover more than one person because police agencies often ask for 'tower dumps' — a list of every phone in range of a cell tower at a particular time.
The count also doesn't include one of the largest carriers in the U.S., T-Mobile. The company refused to provide a figure, saying only "the number of requests has risen dramatically in the last decade with annual increase of approximately 12 percent to 16 percent."
"You have a right to make telephone calls when you choose , with whom you choose without the government knowing when you're doing it," said Kent Willis, the former executive director of the ACLU of Virginia.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been pushing hard this year to uncover how often police use this tactic.
Law enforcement argues, tracking cell phones without warrants can save lives. Investigators say they do it if they need to solve a crime or if they believe somebody is in danger. In February, we uncovered that Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico County all use this tactic.
NBC12 legal analyst Steven Benjamin says officers are not breaking the law. He says, it is not clear a search warrant is needed to obtain cell phone information. But he adds, this is a prime example of how our technology has outpaced our laws. He says the courts have yet to weigh in. "The more you permit police to use technology and invade our privacy, the more effective law enforcement will be. The question is, where do we draw the line?" said Benjamin.
We've learned through an investigation by the non-profit Pro Publica there's one more person cell phone companies will not share your location data with... you. The group had four people ask the four major cell carriers for a copy of their location data. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile all said no.
Response of the cell phone companies to a congressional inquiry - link
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >