Boston police promise to release information on cellphone trackers

The Boston Police Department has pledged to make some disclosures about how they use cellphone trackers, after months of rebuffing questions on the covert surveillance technology.

In a live radio interview last week, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said his staff was gathering information to share with local civil liberties advocates.


Covert electronic surveillance prompts calls for transparency

Law enforcement officials across the U.S. have become enamored of the StingRay, an electronic surveillance device that can covertly track criminal suspects and is being used with little public disclosure and often under uncertain legal authority.

Now, though, some states are pushing back, and are requiring the police to get a court order and local consent before turning to the high-tech tool. Continue…