Local police spying on your cellphone calls?

Local police spying on your cellphone calls?
A published report this weekend says that besides the NSA, local police are also spying on your cellphone calls. According to the report, local and state police are using new technologies to snoop in realtime. This allows the authorities to capture information on people even if they are not the subject of an investigation. Based on a study of 124 police agencies in 33 states, 25% of police agencies employ a method known as a "tower dump" that provides law-enforcement with information including the location, identity and activity of any cellphone that connects to a particular cell tower.

The technology used by the police should be scary to those who guard their privacy. A device called the Stingray, which is the size of a suitcase, is placed inside a car that is driven around local neighborhoods. Basically a portable cell tower, Stingray tricks your cellphone into believing that it is a real tower and connects to it, giving the cops information and data. This equipment costs as much as $400,000, but is funded by the federal government thanks to anti-terror grants.


While organizations like the ACLU are worried about the amount of data being collected by police without a warrant, the cops say that they need to mine this information to track criminals, terrorists and kidnappers. The fear is that in the course of sifting through data, the police will stumble on other illegal activities not listed in the court order. But most police officials say that they are interested only in the information generated by a targeted criminal or a victim.

Once a tower dump reveals information, the police can refine the data by asking the courts to force the carrier's to release more information like addresses, call logs and texts. Any information that violates a person's constitutional rights will not be allowed to be used by the courts. The problem is that with the recent worry about NSA spying, most Americans are greatly concerned about what is being done with all of the data generated by their cellphone.




source: USAToday

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17 Comments

14. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Thank God I'm still using two tin cans and string. Privacy retained.

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

the gov't has tapped into your string. You better check it out!

16. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Man and I just upgraded from twine UTP to 25lb fluorocarbon filament for faster download speeds.

17. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol 25 lbs sounds a kind of heavy.

13. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

@hurrycanger and how can you be sure that your phone is getting tapped out of millions at that time. haha. . . If and only if NSA or government tap or spy citizen for security reasons, terrorist activities, underworld links. . . . . . . then its okie with me.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Next time I'm on the phone with someone speaking English, I will talk craps about the phone-spying policemen to that other person on the phone. If I get spied then, it would be fun xD

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

1984.

8. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

This sick! How many cops will be listening to a private couples conversation. Not good.

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Please stop with the bin laden comments, how do we know that they actually killed him why didn't they show us the body and also they said they killed laden even 10 years before they recently killed him. American government and American police are corrupted.

7. bibekpachhai unregistered

Every government is corrupted so don't just blame US government. I wouldn't mind the federal government listening but giving the same power to local government is going too far.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

We all know about what really happened to Osama's body:http://youtu.be/3QICnOVL48g :-)

5. maherk

Posts: 7082; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

People gets paranoid easily these days. Not just in the states, in every single country there is phone tapping. I wouldn't give a damn about it, I'd rather lose a bit of my freedom than lose my life or someone I love and care about. I bet they don't have much fun listening to others. Fyi, this is coming from a muslim arab.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Anyone knows how to block those idiots? my phone keep ringing every other week non stop or a one a month

3. goojman

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

And it took the gov how long to catch Bin Laden??

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

He was off the net. But he ultimately got caught by virtue of his courier using a cell phone.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

There's a typo all over this article. Shouldn't "local police" read "the Stasi police"?

1. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Got to love police states. Oh well right, our "freedom" is worth it. I don't think I've ever met a terrorist who doesn't wear a blue suit.

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