It is sort of impossible to imagine dealing with crimes and doing without secrecy. It is the most essential thing that helps to be ahead of terrorists and criminals and make the work of police all the more effective.
This is really great to be able to use such powerful tools; however, it is also a bit annoying to realize that the same tools can be used in order spy on the citizens. What is more annoying in this case is that it seems impossible to find out how exactly the data is collected.
As of the report of the Indianapolis Star it seems that about $373,995 was spent by the Indiana State Police during the period of the last year on the device that is called “Stingray”. It is believed to allow tracking the movements and activity of a person within one mile radius with the help of a cell phone.
What is more, officials are not eager to provide any information on the account of the subject in general and in particularly about how the data is collected and who’s got access to it as well as whether it is being stored or destroyed and the last but not the least question is whether the whole procedure is legal.
Opinions on the account of spying on cell phones differ; however, three senators in the least are determined to introduce the new bill that will make police agencies to obtain special warranties for data collection activities.
As it has already been said, cell phone tracing can be a very useful and powerful tool in the struggle with terrorists and criminals; however, it should be regulated as well as any other activity on the part of security organs. Tracing people’s cell phones means violating their right for privacy and such violations should be controlled, if it is done. The idea of the personal information to be stored and accessed by someone for some reason is still new and bizarre; however, so was the idea of a cell phones to be easily tracked – but now it is reality.
Surely, the whole surveillance issue is a medal with two sides. There always are the guilty and the innocent sides and some consensus that would allow police to conduct the investigations involving data collection but do it legally.
It’s impossible to find that middle ground when information to begin a conversation and debate on this technology is not forthcoming. That needs to change and we hope the conversation will begin with the introduction of legislation next year.
However, it is frequently seems to be next to impossible to find this middle ground. Let’s just hope that the police will use their surveillance power tools in a decent way and the public officials will take better job in explain the whole thing to the general public so that no misunderstanding would take place.