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CMPD tracking cellphones?

From the Wilmington Star-News:

In November 2012, Wilmington City Council signed off on a $37,000 maintenance agreement for five separate devices manufactured by Harris Corp., a Melbourne, Fla., company. Among the devices covered in the agreement were a StingRay, which mimics a cellphone tower to locate a cellphone and gather metadata; an AmberJack, an antenna system that can track and locate cellphones, according to Harris documents; a KingFish, which gathers identity codes and shows the connections between phones and numbers being dialed; and three Harpoons, amplifiers for the StingRay devices.

In April 2008, council signed off on a $135,060 purchase agreement with Harris Corp. involving surveillance equipment, but it was not clear whether that money covered in whole or in part the StingRay, AmberJack or Harpoons.

According to a nationwide ACLU investigation, other cities in North Carolina that likely have similar tracking capabilities include the Charlotte and Durham police departments.

And no, I don’t expect the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to talk about what cellphone-monitoring technologies they actual have and how they use them, though at least in general terms they should.

One Response to “CMPD tracking cellphones?”

  • Jun
    21
    2014

    >> I don’t expect the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
    >> Department to talk about what cellphone-monitoring
    >> technologies they actual have and how they use them

    And just why the hell not?

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    “General warrants” were a main catalyst to the first American Revolution.

    When the second comes, which side will you be on?

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