Last week I received a call from a private investigator in Arizona. He assists families who are searching for missing children, and was interested in tracking down a missing teenage girl by using cell towers. He had found us through a blog post that I made a few years back.
He went on to tell me that he had a contact at AT&T who was able to provide him with the cell tower information from the last known location of the missing child’s cell phone, and that he needed an expert to help decipher the information and nail down a location.
I pointed him in the direction of Scott Ross, who is an expert in this area.
But there was something about the call that struck me.
He was able to get the cell tower information about the missing girl through a “source” within AT&T.
This is not information that should ever be allowed to leave the confines of AT&T’s servers without some sort of court order.
I am sure the investigator and the AT&T source who provided the information knew that.
I am also quite sure that they justified their decisions by telling themselves that what they were doing was for a missing child …read more