Seattle Police Department Has Network That Can Track All Wi-Fi Devices

trackingThe mesh network is looking out for you! Via the Raw Story:

The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, which will be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.

The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.

Jamela Debelak, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), is worried that police will use the network for more than just coordinating emergency responders; “Once these kinds of tools are in place, they don’t go away.”

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  • echar

    How can I spy on them? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Posthuman

    After reading this I checked my iPhone to make sure the setting to discover wifi networks was off, but it looks like that isn’t an option anymore. You can only turn wifi completely off or set it to “ask you to join” a network. so prepare to bend over and take it.

    • Lookinfor Buford

      Isn’t that what iPhone users have been doing all along?

  • Simon Valentine

    i’ll be djamned
    not but a few years back i looked into using something like this in a novel
    just kidding. this one’s so stale.

    MEN
    Military Electronic Network
    it was more-so for urban terrain mapping for SWAT than for “let’s be batman”
    why see or shoot around corners when you can live-stream the whole thing in 3D?

    1000 previous times you say? yeah, no hacker will ever believe that without a safe-mode test. but don’t take my word for it.

  • kcorb

    Surely an app that would spoof the MAC address of your device wouldn’t be that hard to create. Probably already out there for those with a rooted phone.

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