Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Privacy advocates are questioning whether the Los Angeles Police Department’s alleged use of a controversial cellphone tracking technology is legal.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports that police have lauded the effectiveness of the portable StingRay device in tracking down a suspect. However, critics are worried that other citizens’ data could be compromised in the process.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsla.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/stingray-cpe-seg.mp3″ size=”” download=”” name=”Privacy Fears Linger Over LAPD’s Alleged Use Of Cellphone Tracking Device” artist=”Claudia Peschiutta”]

Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said his organization obtained documents that show the LAPD used the portable StingRay device 21 times out of a total of 155 cell phone searches over a four-month period in 2012.

“One of the concerns about it is that, although the police may be looking for a particular cell phone, they also are able to get the same information from other cell phones,” Scheer said…

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