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Sun Investigates: Cellphone surveillance seen years earlier in 'The Wire'
Sun Investigates: Cellphone surveillance seen years earlier in 'The Wire'

The Baltimore Police Department surprised many when it revealed recently that it has used a cellphone surveillance device known as a "stingray" 4,300 times since 2007. But years earlier, in 2004, fictional Baltimore police officer Lester Freamon was seen during the third season of the HBO series "The Wire" using a device called the "Triggerfish" to build a case using cellphone data. The devices mimic a cellphone tower and force phones within their range to connect. Police use the technology to track down stolen phones or find people. But privacy advocates nationwide have questioned whether there has been proper oversight of its use. David Simon, creator of...

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