Google and Verizon have released relatively detailed transparency reports, showing for the first time how many subpoenas, court orders, search warrants, and wiretap orders they received during the first six months of 2013 and the year, respectively. The results confirm what we already knew: When law enforcement officials can obtain our private records without warrants, they use that power to the max.
Read more on PrivacySOS.
In related coverage, Nicole Ozer of the ACLU writes:
As we long suspected, the vast majority of the demands for information lack a warrant.
- Only 36,696 of the 320,000 demands included a warrant based on probable cause.
- Of the 35,000 demands for location information, only 11,000 included a warrant. In addition, some portion of the 3,200 cell tower dumps also lacked a warrant.
Read more on the ACLU.