House Committee Calls For New Laws On How Police Use Cellphone Tracking

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A House committee is calling on Congress to pass new standards for how police can track people using cellphone data.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a report this week into what’s called “cell-site simulation,” a technology that mimics a cell phone tower, and forces all phones to identify themselves. The Wall Street Journal has reported in the past that such technologies have been used to look for fugitives.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jason Bellini (@jasonbellini) of the Wall Street Journal about the technology’s uses and drawbacks.


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