NEWS | Nov. 29, 2014

Secret cellphone tracking may get more scrutiny from Mecklenburg County courts

By The Charlotte Observer News

"Police likely will face more questions when they ask the court for permission to secretly track cellphones during their investigations, Mecklenburg County’s incoming senior judge says.

Superior Court Judge Robert Bell told the Observer he believes recent media coverage will prompt local judges to ask police when they plan to use a surveillance device, commonly called a StingRay, that law enforcement and the federal government have fought to shield from public view. It mimics a cellphone tower and collects phone data from both crime suspects and innocent people. "