Milwaukee PD gets next-gen phone surveillance technology

Written by on November 27, 2023

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has purchased new cell phone surveillance technologies in recent years and has acquired upgrades for others. Such equipment changes generally don’t garner much notice from the public or local elected officials. But they have raised  alarm bells for privacy advocates, who fear that transparency and oversight of police-initiated surveillance is far behind the technologies themselves.

Contracts obtained by Wisconsin Examiner show at least two technologies are used to track and intercept phones in Milwaukee. One is a Cell Site Simulator (CSS), which tricks nearby phones into connecting to it by . . .

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