The head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says fallout from national security leaks by Edward Snowden could threaten law enforcement efforts here. A state lawmaker is proposing restrictions on when officers can track cell phones.
State utility regulators will vote Tuesday on whether to charge low-income Georgians $5 dollars a month for a federal program that provides them with free cell-phone service. Some of those people say the fee will force them to make tough decisions about their budgets.
Law enforcement personel are requesting more information from cellphone carriers. In a report responding to a Congressional inquiry, cellphone companies say, police and public investigarors made more than a million requests for customer data last year. The numbers are an alarming surge over previous years, reflecting the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology.
Tornado victims in northwest Georgia are reporting thefts and scams in the wake of last week's deadly storms. There are six reports. When deadly storms last week cut power in Nortwest Georgia, public libraries helped fill a void. The downtown library in Rome had power for days when more rural areas did not.