According to reporter Ronald Bailey, police can find out where you are, where you’ve been and where you are going all thanks to that handy little human tracking device which we carry called a cell phone.
Authorities use International Mobile Subscriber Identity locators (IMSI) that act like a cell towers to enable government agents to download data from thousands of subscribers as they hunt for an individual’s cell signal. These electronic devices are called Stingray, Hailstorm or dirty boxes and can precisely triangulate cellphone signals within an accuracy of about 6 feet.
The Wall Street Journal reports that these instruments were first designed more than a decade ago to hunt terrorists and spies overseas, but they are increasingly in use by local police departments that operate them to hunt all manner of criminals from kidnappers to everyday thieves.
The American Civil Liberties Union states that the following governmental agencies are known to use such cell site simulators: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command and National Security Agency.
If you don’t think Big Brother is watching, think again.