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FILE - Cell phones waiting to be recycled, Aug. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) FILE - Cell phones waiting to be recycled, Aug. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  

Don’t use your cell phone if you’re worried about privacy

Law enforcement and other government bodies, it seems, aren’t shy about asking for or demanding data about users from wireless carriers. In an article Monday morning, the New York Times highlighted some of the statistics about this activity, based on data several companies provided to U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) in response to a letter from his office on the issue.

All told, wireless providers fielded about 1.3 million requests for user data last year although, as the article points out, the number was almost certainly much higher due to lax record-keeping.

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