Report: Hoboken Police Department Doesn't Use Cell Phone Tracking

According to the ACLU, Hoboken is one of 10 districts in the country that says it doesn't use cell phone tracking.

The Hoboken Police Department is one of ten police agencies in the country that has indicated to the American Civil Liberties Union that it does not track cell phones in investigations. 

According to a recent report by the ACLU, most agencies around the country have used cell phone tracking at least once. 

"Even those that have not tracked cell phones in the course of a criminal investigation have tracked cell phones in emergencies," according to the report, "for example to locate a missing person."

The Hoboken Police Department responded to the ACLU's questionnaire, by stating it does not use any cell phone tracking. In order to track a cell phone, one police source said, the cell phone carrier has to cooperate in the investigation. 

While the report states that the department currently doesn't use cell phone tracking, the measure has been used in the past, one police source said. 

The report also states that while it's not often clear in their privacy policies, cell phone companies keep the location data of their users for a long time. 

According to a recent New York Times article, cell phone tracking has become a common surveillance for many departments across the country, but is not under much court supervision. 

Other departments in the state that reported to the ACLU that they do not use cell phone tracking are West New York, Bloomfield, Irvington and Perth Amboy.

New2Patching April 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Even if the Hoboken PD had this to use, they wouldn't understand it. Half these cops have rotary phones at home, and most have flip phones at work for their cell phones. The vending machine in the lobby at the department takes pennies. Our police department is filled with morons, this is far too advanced for them.
pat April 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Tee hee - sounds like you have a criminal record courtesy of the HPD.
New2Patching April 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I wish, I would love to have one of them read me my rights, I saw them read some kid his rights the other day, had to read the miranda warning of the card, moron can't even remember that.
Mr.budget April 08, 2012 at 03:10 AM
your an idiot
HOBO87 April 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I don't know what New2Patching's problem is, but Mr. Budget, it never comes off well when somebody puts down somebody else's intelligence with 'your an idiot' when they mean 'you're an idiot'.


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