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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, cell site simulatorsRecently, the Chicago Police Department has come under fire for its use of cell site simulators in criminal investigations. In response to concerns that the devices violate citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights, the state legislature introduced a bill that would address many of these concerns.

Cellular Tracking Equipment

Cell site simulators are electronic devices that allow users to determine a phone’s location by mimicking cell phone towers. The devices also make it possible for users, primarily law enforcement officials, to intercept phone calls and text messages from the target’s phone. However, once deployed, it is difficult to restrict the devices from intercepting data not only from the target phone, but from any cellular phones in the area.

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