Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday August 24, 2015

Police Secretly Track Cell Phones To Solve Routine Crimes

Wasn't it the FBI that was recently caught abusing the hell out of those stingray devices? Well, now you can add local police departments to the list.

In one case after another, USA TODAY found police in Baltimore and other cities used the phone tracker, commonly known as a stingray, to locate the perpetrators of routine street crimes and frequently concealed that fact from the suspects, their lawyers and even judges. In the process, they quietly transformed a form of surveillance billed as a tool to hunt terrorists and kidnappers into a staple of everyday policing.