Enhanced 911 Technology and Privacy Concerns: How Has the Balance Changed Since September 11?

By: Aaron Futch & Christine Soares

E911 technology allows for the location of a cellular phone to be determined by the wireless service provider within several hundred feet. As a consequence, privacy groups have been extremely resistant to the implementation of E911. In the wake of the September 11 tragedies, however, the balance between privacy concerns and national security seems to have changed for many American citizens. This iBrief will explore the nature of the E911 technology, the FCC implementation requirements, the concerns of privacy groups regarding its implementation, and how the environment surrounding E911 has changed since September 11.

Cite: 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0038