Fresh on the heels of revelations of the CIA working to hack Apple devices for surveillance purposes comes new revelations that police departments are getting access to technology that allows them to track cell phones.
That’s right. Your local police department could be tracking you right now using technology which is often called Stingray. Of course, they don’t want you to know about it because they don’t want it to get into the hands of criminals and terrorists.
Which, to be fair, could be true. But I have difficulty believing that criminals and terrorists have that much interest in me as I try to live a quiet life without government involvement and take care of my family.
Orin S. Kerr of George Washington University says:
“It might be a totally legitimate business interest, or maybe they’re trying to keep people from realizing there are bigger privacy problems,” said Orin S. Kerr, a privacy law expert at George Washington University. “What’s the secret that they’re trying to hide?”
And that really is the big question: what is the big secret that they are trying to hide? Because I don’t feel threatened when I’m in the southeastern United States by criminals and terrorists (too many gun owners?); I do feel threatened, however, by the dangers of this technology in the hands of every policy force in the nation.