Hennepin County hearts spying on you

With the massive healthcare debate going on Hennepin County has decided to fly under the radar and approve a twice denied request for KingFish cell phone tracking equipment.

According to the Strib This time, Stanek lands KingFish phone tracker

After twice coming away with nothing, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek received approval Tuesday to funding for a controversial tracking device that can pinpoint cell phone locations even when they’re not being used.

The equipment would be used by the sheriff’s investigations bureau, according to County Board documents. “The system acts as a mobile wireless phone tower and has the capability to find, track and/or deny mobile phone service,” the documents state.

The tracking device can receive information from all cell phones that are on, even if they are not being used.

I’m certain this will not be used in an intrusive and possibly illegal manner. Though, I wonder what Ol’ Smash-and-Grab Stanek has in mind?

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3 Comments so far

  1. Diana (unregistered) on March 24th, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Does he really misplace his cell phone THAT often?


  2. David (jacc) on March 24th, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    @Diana That is really funny.


  3. Kevin X O'Brien (unregistered) on March 31st, 2010 @ 5:09 am

    Let’s see how many laws and regulation one breaks by getting the KingFish and turning this thing on:

    1. KingFish isn’t approved by the same federal government for sale in the US

    2. Since when was the county authorized to transmit on commercial spectrum exclusively licensed to commercial carriers?

    3. Let’s see what happens when every mom and pop police department turn this sucker on…

    See the implication?



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