In order to function properly, the telephone network needs to know where the phone is located. It’s been widely reported that some telephone providers keep this location information on file for extended periods of time. This information can be made available to the police or other organizations under certain circumstances.
- GPS. As a result of the US E911 regulations, many phones sold in the US are now also equipped with a Global Positioning System receiver. This makes it even easier for the provider to establish the cell phone’s position.
- Tracking. If you don’t want your positioned tracked, turn off your cell phone!
Some phones allow themselves to be locked. If locked, both the phone’s call history and the phone book cannot be accessed unless the phone is unlocked. Be aware, however: all phones have “administrative codes” that allow them to be unlocked in the event that the subscriber forgets the password they used to lock the phone.