December 9, 2013
Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of
cellphone data using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and
secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Here’s a closer look at how
police do it.
The National Security Agency isn’t the only government entity
secretly collecting data from people’s cellphones. Local police are
increasingly scooping it up, too.
Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into
cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies
are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time,
whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public
records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett newspapers and TV stations.
The records, from more than 125 police agencies in 33 states, reveal:
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