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Should Cops Have Emergency Access To Cell Phones?
Should Cops Have Emergency Access To Cell Phones?

AIR DATE: April 29, 2013

Aaron Ford, Democratic Senator, Clark County

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- A Kansas mother believes that if the police had access to cell phone GPS data, her daughter might be alive today. Missy Smith shared her story before the Nevada Assembly prior to the senate approving SB 268, which would grant Nevada law enforcement agencies that power.

“In circumstances where there are real-life immediate emergencies and cell phone access could assist law enforcement in resolving an issue such as saving a life, I think that this bill is going to help them do exactly that,” says Sen. Aaron Ford, one of the bill’s sponsors.

According to Ford, a law enforcement official facing an immediate emergency, such as an abduction, would call into Nevada’s Department of Public Safety with the request. The police would then contact the cell phone company for the latest information available about the cell user’s GPS.

The Nevada ACLU is “neutral” on the bill, according to Ford, but they did play a role in shaping the language.

“They provided an amendment that required any situation to be an immediate emergency situation as opposed to it being, quote, ‘an emergency,’” says Ford. “Rest assured that any abuse of this system is going to be monitored and dealt with.”

The bill now goes before the assembly.




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    There are checks and balances in the system for a reason. Get a judge to sign off on a warrant if private information is needed for a case. If time is of the essence set up the ability to get a judge to sign off after hours but GET A WARRANT.
    JackieApr 30, 2013 11:41:39 AM
    Not to seem callous, but "anything" that can save but one life is *not* necessarily something we as a nation of free people should do. Per Benjamin Franklin, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." People and legislators who support such privacy-reducing schemes are just naively hastening the coming modern American police state, for history shows that intrusions like this are *always* abused by the state, and *always* to the maximum extent possible. Hence, our Founders strong conviction that government should be as small and non-intrusive as possible so as to preserve the liberty of The People.
    Tom HurstApr 26, 2013 16:35:15 PM
    I concur with tom Hurst comment on this issue I have been a victim of abuse of such and am against ANY type of powers of information IE NGI, NSL etc. I'm all for keeping our society safe but not to the existent of coming off of the US constitution. (when fear and Peace are preached BEWARE)! The ACLU is a front used to slowly whittle away at our rights, just like they did when Germany infiltrated the USSR thru the unions as well as the USA army generals that helped form the German constitution. NWO here we come!
    TracyApr 29, 2013 15:50:30 PM
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