- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson police are no longer controversial phone-tracking devices and say they haven’t done so for more than two years.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1XW6TNZ ) that the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Tucson Police Department over the two tracking devices, which were bought with $408,000 in federal grant money.

The technology mimics cellphone towers, allowing police to track suspects through their phones. The ACLU said in a hearing last week that it raises privacy concerns for people whose phones may be tracked because they happen to be in the same area as a suspect.

The devices have been used in five police investigations since 2010.

Assistant City Attorney Lisa Judge says the last time anyone at the police department remembers using the technology was mid-2013.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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