November 1, 2012
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The Tyee: Police won't say if they use cell phone surveillance technology
During a presentation to a B.C. legislature committee last week, on a day when some 3,000 people gathered on the lawn to protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, he described the IMSI or IMEI catcher as "a suitcase-sized device that can capture the identifying signature of cellphone devices that acts as basically a portable cellphone tower that allows the identification of people in rallies or at meetings."
Paired with the federal government's lawful access bill as earlier proposed, the technology would allow such access without a warrant, he said.
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, by the way, this week announced he strongly supports the controversial bill, saying the police are handcuffed by current laws. Read more »
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