Santa Clara sheriff wants cell phone surveillance systems

Feb 24, 2015 10:34 AM by News Staff

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's department is trying to secure cell phone surveillance systems that civil liberties advocates describe as invasive.

KNTV reports the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night will consider spending $500,000 on controversial tracking devices, which the sheriff's office wants to track criminals and find missing people.

Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup says the system would pinpoint mobile phones on a cellular network to find people or acquire data on criminal activity. The Homeland Security grant program has fully funded the system.

The American Civil Liberties Union say that the systems are "invasive," and send out signals to "trick cell phones in the area" into transmitting their locations and other information.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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