Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

Posted by Mike Confino, September 5, 2014

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The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

via Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data | Local News | The News Tribune.