19 Aug “Tower Dump” Requests from Police Increasing, Says Verizon
Verizon’s latest transparency report for the first 6 months of 2017 revealed an increasing number of cellphone data requests made to them by law enforcement.
“Tower dumps” contain records of all devices that have connected to a particular phone tower. Basestation dumps are often used to identify crime suspects. However, the US telco giant says the police are starting to use it much more frequently.
Verizon says that the number of requests significantly swelled from 3,200 dump warrants in 2003, to 14,630 in 2016. For this year, the number is already at 8,870.
Source: The Register UK