Mobile Phone Data Used To Place Murder Suspect Near Crime
from the gotcha dept
For years some people have been wondering about the privacy implications of so many people carrying mobile phones. While the courts have (in the past) mostly banned efforts to track someone's location by their phone, police have now used it to add to the pile of evidence they have against one murder suspect. In this case, they found he had made a phone call very near where the body was found, and then used info about which towers his phone was connected to in order to trace his movements. It's likely that we're going to be hearing a lot more of these "post-crime" tracking reports -- and they're going to be even more accurate due to GPS showing up in so many phones.