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Legislators examine police surveillance power

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The General Assembly House Judiciary Committee is revisiting whether police use of surveillance technology without a warrant is constitutional as delegates prepare for the 2017 legislative session.

State Del. David Moon (D-20), who represents Montgomery County and sits on the committee, said the committee halted two surveillance bills marked “unfavorable” during the 2016 legislative session, to schedule a study, or briefing, which they held in Annapolis Oct. 25.

Moon and state Del. Charles Sydnor III (D- 44B) of Baltimore County each sponsored one of the bills.

Moon said he is concerned law enforcement officers can test new technology without notifying the public.

“We know the trend is law enforcement is going to use it until they’re told not to or until (they’re regulated),” Moon said.

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Cell sims used in 80 cases

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Police Department used cell-site simulators in approximately 80 cases last year, 30 percent of which came from homicide cases, according to new statistics released Wednesday.

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Cellphone simulators detailed in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS -- During a first-of-its-kind public hearing, law enforcement officials detailed how cell site simulators are used as they addressed arguments from privacy proponents about the technology’s infringing on privacy rights.

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County expresses little concern in gathering personal info

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Policelights 1ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Police Department is one of three police agencies in the state using cell tower site simulators that could allow the department to intercept personal conversations, read text messages and access emails and contact data phones in its vicinity.

“Governments use cellular interceptors, bad guys use interceptors, spies use cellular interceptors, foreign operatives use cellular interceptors,” said Buzz Burner, director of applications at ESD America, a defense and law enforcement technology company based in Las Vegas. “It is a methodology that allows for the interception and capture of high value information. This is not a new thing that there are cellular interceptors.”

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