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U.S. Marshals Spent Millions on Mass Cellphone Tracking Devices

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 BigRed    150

US Marshals have been using cell-trackers for years. More than $10 millions worth over five years. Now that's a lot of tracking..


The American Civil Liberties Union has a document dump today of information they’ve gotten from federal agencies about their purchase and use of cell phone tracking devices, particularly attached to airplanes to scan large numbers of people.

The ACLU’s Freedom of Information request goes back to 2014 following a Wall Street Journal story showing the U.S. Marshals service had been using cell trackers for years. The ACLU sent requests to all the federal law enforcement agencies for information on their purchases and use.

Of note, the U.S. Marshals have spent more than $10 million in cell tracking devices between 2009 and 2014 and have used them to track phones thousands of times. And the federal government has been trying for years to keep this all secret, even though there are significant concerns about privacy violations and lack of proper due process. The Wall Street Journal (paywalled) took note of the contradictions in the way the feds talk about cellphone tracking:

Until 2015, federal law-enforcement officials refused to discuss details of the technology or its use. After the Journal and other media reported on the technology, Justice Department officials have defended its use as a legal method approved by judges and have said the Marshals aren’t engaged in spying or intelligence activity.

More here: http://right.is/tea-party/2016/03/u-s-marshals-spent-millions-on-mass-cellphone-tracking-devices-15572.html

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