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Police Tracking Cell Phones

Two workers are silhouetted as they fix a mobile phone pole against the sun. (AP)

Two workers are silhouetted as they fix a mobile phone pole against the sun. (AP)

We now know a lot about how the NSA spies on electronic communication. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the NSA is even spying on the online role-playing game World of Warcraft, according to documents from Edward Snowden.

But deep electronic surveillance isn’t limited to the nation’s top digital spy agency. This week, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey released a report detailing how local law enforcement agencies are tracking tens of thousands of cell phone calls and data, all without a warrant.

Markey is calling for broader oversight about what data gets released, and in what circumstances.

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Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project.

Jack McDevitt, associate dean of research for the College of Social Sciences & Humanities at Northeastern University.


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