NYPD tracking cell phone owners, but foes arenít sure practice is legal
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The NYPD is instructing cops to log serial numbers from suspectsí phones.
The NYPD is amassing a database of cell phone users, instructing cops to log serial numbers from suspectsí phones in hopes of connecting them to past or future crimes.
In the era of disposable, anonymous cell phones, the file could be a treasure-trove for detectives investigating drug rings and other criminal enterprises, police sources say.
ďItís used to help build cases,Ē one source said of the new initiative.
ďIt doesnít replace the human element, like debriefing prisoners, but itís another tool to use that we didnít have in the past.Ē
A recent internal memo says that when cops make an arrest, they should remove the suspectís cell phone battery to avoid leakage Ė then jot down the International Mobile Equipment Identity number.
The IMEI number is registered with the service provider whenever a call is made.
And that data could allow a detective to match, for example, a cell phone used by one suspect to a phone used by another.