Use of cellphone trackers in criminal probes under review in US

The US Justice Department said it is re-examining its controversial use of secret cellphone tracking devices to establish the location of suspects in criminal investigationsThe US Justice Department said Monday it is re-examining its controversial use of secret cellphone tracking devices to establish the location of suspects in criminal investigations, a spokesman said. “With regard to this particular technology, the Department of Justice is in the process of examining its policies to ensure they reflect the department’s continuing commitment to conducting its vital missions while according appropriate respect for privacy and civil liberties,” Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said. The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI in recent months has begun getting search warrants from judges to use the tracking devices, contrary to their previous practice.

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