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NYPD SURVEILLANCE ON CELLPHONES

Tim Parkinson, Wikipedia

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If you use a cellphone in the nation's largest city, there's a chance the police may have tracked your cellphone.

The New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008. That information comes from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says police use a device known as a Stingray, which tricks mobile phones into believing it's a cell tower.

And because it does, it can identify subscriber numbers - which in turn, are sent along to police. The numbers can help authorities determine where a phone is - even without the user making a call or sending a text message.

The civil liberties union is asking the NYPD to spell out a strict policy on how the technology is used - and to get a warrant before it's fired up.