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NYC Police Gathering Cellphone Logs 122

Dupple writes "When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone's call records, from the day of the theft onward. The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect. But in the process, the Police Department has quietly amassed a trove of telephone logs, all obtained without a court order, that could conceivably be used for any investigative purpose. The call records from the stolen cellphones are integrated into a database known as the Enterprise Case Management System, according to Police Department documents from the detective bureau. Each phone number is hyperlinked, enabling detectives to cross-reference it against phone numbers in other files."
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NYC Police Gathering Cellphone Logs

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  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @09:58AM (#42104875)

    the cops aren't really that smart

    good police work has always been about going through mountains of data and finding one or two clues to catch the scumbags. most criminals are morons as well and leave lots of clues that have to be found and identified.

    a few years back a doctor was killed near the elementary school i went to. the cops caught the guy in georgia. the scumbag tried to jump a subway turnstile years ago and was caught. the cops got a partial print from the bullet and went through the old arrest records paper finger prints manually to catch the guy. turns out he was related to the doctor's soon to be ex-wife and there were lots of cell phone records and now she's in jail as well

    in the 21st century we have computers and the police don't have to do a lot of repetative work anymore

  • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @10:07AM (#42104951)

    Indeed. No one has a right to privacy when using a phone that they stole.

    The submitter has clearly overdosed on YRO and can't see the woods for the trees any more.

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