Female Trouble podcast: Shawna Potter, War on Women band (episode 5)

Personal Data Collection

The police are snooping

The police are snooping

If you're a criminal and use a cellphone to communicate with your partners in crime, there's something you probably should know: The police may not only have your number, they may be able to pinpoint your location to within a few feet wherever you are and find you even if you're not talking on the phone. And if you're not a criminal, you may be interested to know that your phone data could be scooped up in the bargain.

That reality came into focus in what might otherwise have been a run-of-the-mill robbery trial Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court. The matter ended with the judge taking the unusual step of threatening to hold a city police detective in contempt of court for refusing...