Matthew Marre was indicted [PDF] and arrested last month for allegedly obtaining "confidential phone record information ... by making false and fraudulent statements and representations" when he called a hotline run by the different mobile networks, and asked for the GPS location of specific cellphones – all of which belonged to people that were wanted for skipping bail.

What is remarkable is that Marre was seemingly able to get the information at all.

The police are required to follow a "legal court process compelling the companies to assist law enforcement" i.e.

When Marre was interviewed following the bush-tracking incident, he told a police officer that he was the owner of "Colorado PSC LLC" and had been contracted by a bail bond company to track the man in question.

We haven't been able to find a limited liability company called "Colorado PSC" but it is possible that Marre simply implied he was a police officer by saying he was from "Colorado PSC" and was given the information by the mobile operator.

Either way, Marre was apparently able to get hold of information that should been restricted only to law enforcement officers in an emergency situation – and was able to do so repeatedly with three of the four mobile operators, suggesting at the very least that those companies have lax data protection systems in place.

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