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Police Tracking Technology Spurs Privacy Fears

SURVEILLANCE—UK

November 1, 2011

ZDNet reports on the discovery that the London Metropolitan Police possesses military-grade technology that can track cell phone users, intercept text messages and calls and remotely shut down service. The technology is portable for tracking users on the move but can also be set up in a fixed location for tracking data in a specific area. A representative from the Electronic Frontier Foundation said, "The problem with this kind of technology is that it means that the police and law enforcement do not have to go through a cell phone provider to gain access to information that can be obtained via someone's cell phone." Meanwhile, a representative from Big Brother Watch said, "Such invasive surveillance must be tightly regulated, authorized at the highest level and only used in the most serious investigations." 
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