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Phone Tracking Common Law Enforcement Tool

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

April 2, 2012

Local police departments around the country are increasingly tracking suspects through cell phone activity, The New York Times reports. To determine a suspect's location, cellphone carriers are charging law enforcement officials "surveillance fees," according to the report. With some police departments using the surveillance without court orders, the American Civil Liberties Union says the practice raises legal and constitutional concerns, particularly in light of January's Supreme Court decision on GPS tracking. Congress and several states are considering legislation to more narrowly define restrictions on cell phone tracking. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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