reply to Telco
Re: Well.... I'm not against law enforcement and I want them to do all they can to make us safe. I'm also not against big business and corporations making lots of money. I'm not against necessary government getting involved in certain services because that's the most feasible/efficient approach.
I feel like a broken record on this because I say it so often but well all need rules. Do rules sometimes make it harder to do the right thing? Sure. But as we I hope we all believe, it's better to let a guilty man go free than send someone to prison who is innocent. There is no exception to this rule. The moment any of us truly believe this kind of collateral damage is acceptable, those who seek to undermine the freedoms we enjoy, have won.
It's absurd for the the government to believe the public has no right to expect privacy regarding data collected by cell carriers. HIPAA has made it quite clear that we can expect the utmost privacy regarding medical records. In fact, HIPAA has gone so overboard that parents of 12 year old children can be billed and liable for the services they receive (they are, after all, minors) but they cannot, without the child's express permission, get access to the procedures performed. Nor can the doctor reveal anything the child discusses with them. Now that's what I call PRIVACY.