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Tracking People and Stun Guns

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Jun. 21st, 2008 | 08:25 pm
posted by: ninjahobbit in nyc1community

"An experiment completed this week by the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) has caused people some concerns about the privacy issues related to cell phone tracking. These concerns are also being reflected in court cases that involve the tracking of a suspect’s location through his or her cell phone.

The CCIT experiment is part of a project to test out methods for predicting and monitoring traffic on California’s freeways. Using GPS systems and traffic-monitoring software installed in Nokia phones, the researchers were able to monitor traffic flow. They claim that if the system began to be widely used, all identifying information would be stripped from the phones before location information was transmitted back to Nokia. However, people are concerned that this isn’t accurate and that their specific location could be tracked.

This type of tracking is exactly what’s been done through phones in a handful of court cases where criminal suspects were located by authorities through their phones using GPS and triangulation. A recent U.S. District Court holding has upheld the right of authorities to use wireless information to track suspects." - dslreports.com

"The New York Police Department is expanding its use of the Taser stun gun, a common tool in the law enforcement arsenal that's seen limited use in the nation's largest police force.

Newer model Tasers are smaller, lighter and easier to carry in a holster, the main reason for the change, department spokesman Paul Browne said Saturday.

Starting Wednesday, thousands of police sergeants will begin carrying electronic stun guns on their belts. The NYPD has used Tasers since 1984, but policy called for sergeants to store the stun guns in their trunks while patrolling, rather than strapping the weapons to their hips.

"They were a little too cumbersome," Browne explained. He said older Tasers were about the size and weight of a large flashlight and were less essential than other items police carry.

About 3,500 uniformed sergeants and other supervisors on patrol duty will be issued Tasers, costing about $500 each. The NYPD has 36,000 officers.

Browne said stun guns can be valuable when dealing with psychologically distressed people who might mean no harm but who are acting violently and have lost their ability to comply with an officer's orders.

Police forces nationwide use stun guns as alternatives to guns.

Some critics have questioned whether the devices are used too hastily and on vulnerable people. Amnesty International has counted more than 300 deaths since June 2001 in which a Taser was used against someone, though the tally does not show what caused those deaths.

The manufacturer, Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc., says the devices have been listed as a contributing factor in about 12 deaths." - The Associated Press

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Re: Tracking People and Stun Guns

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)

Did they say "taser stun gun"
I can't believe that. Surely law enforcement knows that there is a difference between a taser and a stun gun. They can't comnbine the two. Anyone who goes to buy stun guns (http://www.stungunszap.com) should know this.

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