A lawsuit filed by the First Amendment Coalition aimed at getting the San Diego Police Department to disclose how it uses cell phone tower simulators to collect data has been covered by multiple local news outlets over the past days.
Two things strike me in studying these accounts: a mostly blind eye towards how this latest news fits into a pattern of opaqueness by the SDPD and a lack of understanding about the true nature of the technology in question.
Today I’ll provide some analysis and information on those two points.
Behind the Blue Curtain
The past year started off with William Lansdowne announcing his retirement. Years worth of accusations about police misconduct could no longer be explained away with the ‘few bad apples’ excuse.