The New Jersey State Police have spent at least $850,000 over the last several years on a technology that allows troopers to track cell phone use without a warrant according to documents provided NBC10.
The “cell site simulator,” that law enforcement agencies pay to use has been attacked by privacy advocates but supported by law enforcement officials who say the technology allows them to stay one step ahead of criminals.
There are currently legal challenges in the pipeline that could have a major impact on the way law enforcement is using the technology.
Retired FBI agent J.J. Klaver told reporters that law enforcement agencies don’t want to talk about the use of the technology so they can stay ahead of their targets.
“If people know how to avoid detection by it, then they’re going to take those step where they don’t want to be caught,” Klaver told reporters with NBC News.