Tempe Police Want to Update Cell Tracking Technology, Worrying Privacy Advocates

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The Tempe Police Department wants to update its ability to track cellphones and locate criminals, but the technology worries some privacy advocates.

Tempe has used a cell site simulator, often referred to as a Stingray after the brand name of one of the more popular versions, for nearly a decade. The department is requesting $750,000 to update the technology.

“We’ve had responsible use for the past nine years,” said Tempe Commander Kim Hale, who oversees the department’s use of the device.

Police have used cell site simulators to help locate individuals who have been kidnapped by finding their phone. In 2013, a Stingray tracked a man who kidnapped his two children.

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